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The Tiger Woods Foundation benefits from the Genesis Open proceeds and his TGR Ventures is running the tournament now.

Woods was scheduled for a Tuesday press conference even after he chose to miss the event due to back spasms. The presser was moved to Wednesday to coincide with appearances on the property related to his Foundation and Woods Jupiter restaurant's satellite location overlooking the 10th hole.

Late Tuesday night, however, the media received this notice:

After receiving daily treatment the last several days on his on-going back spasms, Tiger Woods has again been advised by doctors to limit all activities and will not hold a press conference Wednesday. It will not be rescheduled.

I never quite understood how Woods could appear and answer the inevitable health questions in a way that left anyone feeling good. Still, that his back is keeping him from sitting or popping in on-site takes the latest setback's seriousness to another level.

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Cancelling a presser due to injury??? There's a new one
02.14.2017 | Unregistered CommenterChicago pt
Seriously Geoff, Tiger is done, stick a fork in him. Well you can't do that for he's not showing up at his own event. Maybe stick a fork in whatever over done, media saturated morsel you can find in Wood's lame diner.
02.14.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBrad VanHalen
Must be the mother of all back spasms. How about the plain unvarnished truth just once?
02.14.2017 | Unregistered CommenterSari
He could always do the presser while strapped into a Teeter Hang Up.
02.14.2017 | Unregistered CommenterMarky Mark
Maybe Tiger will reconsider and decide to Skype in?
02.14.2017 | Unregistered Commenterbtk_1
Go ahead and chalk up another win for Jordan. No place rewards precision iron play like Hogan's Alley rewards precision iron play and Jordan is hands down the best iron player since Hogan, or possibly Scott Hoch. Will be a huge upset if anyone manages to edge out Jordan this week.
02.14.2017 | Unregistered CommenterMPGC
Next - Tiger makes headlines by getting in car.
02.14.2017 | Unregistered CommenterCentre Cut
I would have thought a meeting with the golf media would be more of a pain down lower? Only one life to live and for all of his success, his life is miserable - better than being a resident of Aleppo but still miserable.
02.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterIvan Morris
Is it April 1st? If this isn't a joke I just find it very sad.
02.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterMatt
Looks very like avoidance of media, whose only source of questions currently is his health. He notoriously underplays his situation, not to say prevaricates (to avoid libelling him).

Not sure there is any reason to think he is any worse than he was when we last saw him, withdrawing after Round 1 in Dubai. As he missed the cut on his previous event, that's 3 competitive rounds this year, all bad. Nothing else to talk about.
02.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterV.Lind
Everyone knows he's done except for the golf writers.
02.15.2017 | Unregistered Commenterrgw
Wonder when the press release is coming that TW had another back procedure?
02.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterOWGR Fan
But he'll probably be at NBA All-Star weekend. The saga is getting old. The comment above about SKYPE is a good one. Why can't he do that?
02.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterLema's Ghost
Keep movin', movin', movin',
Though they're disapprovin',
Keep them dogies movin', rawhide.
Don't try to understand 'em,
Just rope 'em, throw and brand 'em.
02.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterD. maculata
Maybe it is actually his PR doctor advising him not to go.
02.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterConvert
I'm shocked!... SHOCKED!!!
Could something else be forthcoming, related to his other "addiction?"
02.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterTrue Dat
I can't wait to see how his worshippers defend this one. What a sham... I mean shame.

The truth would be nice just once. He can't just say that his game's not tournament ready? Sadly his entire career has been full of misleading information from his handlers.

Doesn't he have any respect for the game or his fans? I guess his ego won't allow it.
02.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJupiter
The more back problems the easier it is to get that opiate 'scrip.
02.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterDrew Scott
I'm no Tiger Woods fan. I just don't understand why Tiger's injuries injuries always have to be turned into a moral issue. Can't we accept that some people are blessed with talent but not durability? Bobby Orr had injury-prone knees. So did Dan Marino. Bo Jackson had a bad hip. Tiger has an injury-prone back. Simple as that.

As for Tiger's "dishonesty" about his condition, he likely has come to believe that a positive attitude against all odds is crucial to success. How many putts and chips did Tiger "know" he would make against all odds?. He probably thinks the same thing about his ability to come back from his injuries.

The fact that he might be kind of a tool as a human being has nothing to do with his back injury.
02.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterHennie Bogan
I agree that Tiger's credibility with the media is bad if not nonexistent. But I'm also aware of his contempt for the media, and I view the manner of his various cancellations and withdrawals in that context. A great many of the media reciprocate Tiger's contempt, and I view their exaggerated public complaints about him as attempted punishment. In other words, I'm skeptical of both Tiger and the media.

Hanging over everything are two facts. First, that all this dart throwing doesn't matter. If Tiger plays well again the media will have to give him positive attention despite their resentment. If he never does play well they'll bash him for a while, before claiming that Tiger's loss of endorsement income was actually because he made too many enemies among the media ("and let that be a lesson to the rest of you").

The other fact is that none of this concerns or interests me in the least. I'd rather talk about golf.
02.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPersimmonious
'Too big to fail' does not apply to golf.

I don't think he will be very competitive going forward. If he wins another major it will be an Open Championship where the greens are slow and some awful weather on Thursday or Friday eliminates 1/2 of the field.

I sure enjoyed watching him compete/dominate, this not so much....
02.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPABoy
@ centre cut +1000, I just about spit my coffee out all over my screen I was laughing so hard.

If the guy can't even get in a chair for a press conference what does that tell you? Just hang it up already and get out of the way. Call of Duty 8, or whatever version of the game is out, awaits.
02.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBrandon
Gotta believe that he could get to his home office and be set up with a clean audio/video link of his choosing to simply make a virtual appearance and handle some Q&A...this happens all the time as a fallback in the business world and while not optimum it is a lot better than a cancellation or no-show it is surprising since he is more connected on the business side to this particular event than most others...there has to be more here than meets the eye....but what?
02.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterKeith - NYC
Can't spin that as anything other than terrible for his future.
02.15.2017 | Unregistered Commenterjjshaka
I keep wondering if they are mis-diagnosing actual cramps as spasms. If he is having cramps, then he needs to be taking quinine.
300-325 3 times a day. Cramps like this can be totally debilitating. As I said before, I have had cramps that locked up muscles so badly that I could not walk for a week. This is not ''eat a banana'' stuff, but a very serious issue, with a genuine fear of a cramp- knowing how painful it is, and how it can affect you.
02.15.2017 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Some of you guys are completely missing the point of the media's disappointment. It's not the fact that he's injured and can't play in this event. It's that he's come up with yet another lame excuse as to why he cannot attend a press conference. He's not in Florida, he's there. His foundation is directly involved with the event. This has nothing to do with the injury. Take a second to put yourself in the shoes of many of these journalists. Guarantee you'd be pissed too. And it's not the first time he's pulled this stunt.
02.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterLema's Ghost
Whoa....I had assumed he was home in FL and unable or advised not to travel to the west coast....if TW is physically there in LA and has still chosen to cancel the media event then the story gets even more bizarre...that is hard to's more odd than letting Pelosi in front of the media to actually hold a fake-news conference with her hands and fingers pointing and shaking at all of us little people out here in America....(d-bag extraordinaire)
02.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterKeith - NYC
I personally have been on the floor with back spasms. And, I had to sleep there that evening on a foam cushion. No way could I have gone anywhere to do anything that day . So, it's possible that Tiger couldn't attend a presser due to back spasms.
@Lema's... how do you know he's there. Is that fact or are you just taking a guess?

@Keith-NYC... +1.

Honestly I used to really enjoy getting on here and going back and forth with people re Tiger. Now that he's become a sideshow act it's not nearly as entertaining. He really should thank the PGA Tour for what it's done for him and his family, state that he hopes that he has contributed to the growth of the game and the increase in purses across the board and then announce his retirement from competitive golf by saying "Good-bye world".
02.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJupiter
Can we drop our question off at a Perkin's Restaurant?
02.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBill
@Jupiter - Are you retired? Did your company pack up your box and escorted you off the premises because although you are 70 years old you refused to retire? There is no retirement in golf!!!.
Why Woods needed to do a Press Conference is beyond me. He is not playing, he is not in the top 10 in World Ranking, He did a pretournament conference a few weeks ago , so why the need now.
The media and posters are just mad because they want TO SPEAK WITH WOODS DOCTORS to find out the details of his back issues and they are not getting it, Thus the speculation of hate is unabated and horrific.
Folks who have never had back issues cannot relate, especially having back surgeries, Some really SAD folks here.
02.15.2017 | Unregistered Commentermuffybtrd
As Dandy Don Meredith used to sing on MNF...."Turn out the lights, the party's over"!
02.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterReaper
@Muffy... no and no to your questions. I still have a few years of work in front of me.

As far as your statement that "there is no retirement in golf"... please note that I said competitive golf and I disagree. Maybe my memory is better than yours but I do seem to recall a few like maybe Jack in 2005, Arnie in 2006, Ray Floyd in 2010, Peter Senior in 2016, Michael Campbell in 2015, Annika Sorenstam in 2008, Grace Park in 2012 and one of my all time favorites Se Ri Pak in 2016. Yes I could keep going as there are hundreds of them to list.

And to be honest with you I could care less whether Tiger or anyone on his team ever does another press conference in that they have a well documented history of misleading the public at every turn. I'd much prefer to watch him chunk chips from a perfectly good lie than watch him lie into a microphone. Let's be honest; he can't compete with the young guys. It'd be entertaining if he could but he can't. Not right now anyway.
02.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJupiter

You hit it on the money. I've been taking quinine and vodka on a regular basis for quite some time with nary a cramp.
02.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterOriginal AG
Anyone else find it interesting that the TW camp always goes to Bob Harig at to get their side of the story out? Harig is a puppet and ESPN should be ashamed of itself for publishing this spin
02.15.2017 | Unregistered Commenterbayhill bogey
02.15.2017 | Unregistered Commenterfyg
"**Bob Harig talks to agent Mark Steinberg, who says Woods is in California but is limiting his activity to protect his back."

In the text Jupiter. No guess.
02.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterLema's Ghost
@Lema... sorry I missed that. That just makes this all the more weird.

@fyg... that's honestly what I was thinking too. Something doesn't seem right with him.
02.16.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJupiter
@ Original AG

1) Where do you live? I live in Texas, ans in the US, we cannot get quinine by Rx. I have to get it from Canada

OR>>> (lol)

2) Now you could be talking about a Vodka and tonic, and you probably are- sadly tonic/quinine water is far too weak to help, though I do keep a bottle of vodka or gin in the freezer.
02.16.2017 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth

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