Tiger Woods will be headed back to therapy after speaking publicly for the first time today about his infidelity, PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said in a letter obtained by the Associated Press. In a letter to PGA officials explaining why Woods will be speaking today during the Match Play PGA tournament (sponsored by Accenture, the first company to drop its sponsorship deal with the golfer), Finchem reportedly said, “As we understand it, Tiger’s therapy called for a week’s break at this time during which he has spent a few days with his children and then will make his statement before returning. Accordingly, there was very little flexibility in the date for the announcement.” Finchem also noted that Woods’ statement, which will be carried live on television networks and streamed live here on EW.com later this morning, will be over before TV coverage of the Accenture tournament gets underway.
Woods will speak later this morning, at 11 a.m. EST, from the clubhouse at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., home of the PGA Tour. From the media, only AP, Reuters, Bloomberg, and six members of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA) have been invited to attend and only if they agreed not to ask questions. Additional journalists will be stationed about a mile away at the Marriott Sawgrass outside the PGA Tour complex where they will watch the event on television. They are not allowed inside the gates and cannot ask Woods questions.
Objecting to the strict limitations, yesterday, the GWAA’s board of directors voted overwhelmingly to boycott the event. “To limit the ability of journalists to attend, listen, see, and question Woods goes against the grain of everything we believe,” GWAA president Vartan Kupelian said. The three wire services have accepted their invitations and will attend.
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