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"Seems like now, more than ever, it was a slap to Accenture."

Slowly but surely the golf media realizes it was duped by Tiger Woods and Tim Finchem into believing that the timing of his statement-reading was inflexible. From this week's SI Confidential:

Gorant: Funny how this thing goes up and down. After the apology everyone was sure he wouldn't be back for the Masters. Now he's hitting balls, and everyone's convinced he'll play. Obviously, I have no idea, but it sure feels like he's pointing toward Augusta.

Van Sickle: Remember how Tiger was accused of being selfish for holding his press conference during the Match Play, and then Finchem's letter said it had to be that week because of a rehab break? But a week and a half later, he's apparently done with rehab, back home and hitting golf balls. Seems like now, more than ever, it was a slap to Accenture. Why not wait another 10 days and read the statement this week?

Gorant: Only thing I could possibly offer in his defense is that he might have been at the point in rehab where he has to apologize to those he's hurt. It's possible he couldn't move to the next step until he'd completed that one. Most of that comes from the extensive knowledge of 12-step programs that I've gained watching TV dramas over the years.

Morfit: Yeah, I'm still very unclear on what in the world is going on with Woods, why he still has the same "team" in place, why they have apparently learned nothing throughout this whole thing. They're smart people, or so I thought. It's very strange decision-making all the way around.

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Reader Comments (7)

"I have no idea" (Gorant) should preface all of their comments.
03.8.2010 | Unregistered CommenterDan Hanson
Scribbler #1: I really have no idea what I'm talking about.

Scribbler #2: Me too.

Scribbler #3: I'm in the dark. I wish he'd talk to us again.
03.8.2010 | Unregistered Commentertlavin
Anyone else starting to understand why "the media" is held in such low regard by the American public? . . . Always assume the worst motives by people and then write or talk about them as if your theory is based upon factual evidence . . .
03.8.2010 | Unregistered CommenterWisconsin Reader
Tiger is was and always has been a d*ck or a di1do.

Why are there any questions remaining? Why? Why?

Wait, make that Tiger is was and always has been a selfish d*ck or a di1do.

You guys are such a bunch of dopes.
03.8.2010 | Unregistered CommenterGolfFan
I don’t get why Van Sickle and guys like Geoff Shackelford are making such a big deal about the timing of Tiger’s statement. He gets out of rehab and, presumably as a condition, apologizes face-to-face to a bunch of friends, family, colleagues, and hired hands. What were there, maybe 15 to 20 folks bearing witness? That it took a week to coordinate the travel schedules of a dozen and a half folks doesn’t seem unreasonable to me. I’ve seen it take up to a week to get up a foursome with my pals at a local course. Could Van Sickle put together a family reunion together in a week? That TW had to do it on the last week day before flying off again on the weekend is a deliberate slap at Accenture? Pure speculation by these guys and far less believable than a lot of more mundane explanations like the one above.
03.8.2010 | Unregistered Commenterfishman
Anyone who thinks Eldrick is doing anything other than using everyone involved like he always has belongs with dumb and dumber. He is only sorry he was caught and is only worried about how to make sure it does not happen again. He will play when he wants and could care less what his wife or anyone else thinks. He will continue to be a great golfer and a sleeze bag person.
03.8.2010 | Unregistered Commenterrmp
Why would anyone think Tiger and his crew would start doing the right thing.
03.9.2010 | Unregistered CommenterPerry M.

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