Ernie Els On Tiger Woods Conference:Timing, Accenture Match Play
Ernie Els is blasting Tiger Woods for the timing of the Woods News Conference - the first time Tiger will be speaking publicly since his stories of his affairs, women and sexual escapades grabbed the public attention late in 2009.
The issue at hand is Tiger Woods highly anticipated press conference will take place during the thick of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona. Ernie Els' concern is Tiger grabbing the spotlight from the other PGA players and the match play tournament and poking his former sponsor Accenture in the eye.
It's selfish," former U.S. Open and British Open champion Ernie Elstold Golfweek magazine. "You can write that. I feel sorry for the sponsor. Mondays are a good day to make statements, not Friday. This takes a lot away from the golf tournament. Woods will speak publicly at 11 a.m. ET Friday for the first time since his bizarre, Thanksgiving night car accident, beginning what his agent called "the process of making amends" for the sex scandal that sent him into hiding for three months, Since the accident, Woods' only statements have come via his Web site.
Accenture of course was a sponsor of Tiger Woods but it quickly dropped him after the Tiger Woods Sex Scandal story made continuous headlines, one of many who decided the Tiger Woods endorsements were bad for their brands
In a perverse way Friday's Tiger Woods Media Conference may well give the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship even more attention than anticipated - the question is it the type of media attention the tournament wants?
Word that Woods was going to speak publicly for the first time Friday dominated the conversation Wednesday, even as 32 matches were being played across the high desert on Dove Mountain.
The day ended with Ross McGowan – who only got into the 64-man field because Woods isn't playing – becoming only the second player in the 12-year history of the event to knock out the No. 1 seed in the opening round.
Since, Tiger Woods released only a brief statement about his transgressions the media speculation has only increased about what Tiger Woods is doing, his alleged sex addiction therapy, his alleged affairs with porn stars speaking out, the status of his marriage to Elin Nordegren. The whole story started of course after the Tiger Woods Crash - where Tiger left his Orlando home early in the morning and crashing his vehicle. Indeed, for Tiger Woods a year does indeed make a big difference considering he dominated the Accenture Tournament in 2009.
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