GOLF NAMES: IS WOODS WITHOUT HOPE?
Published January 8, 1997
TIGER WOODS and his plans for '97 PGA Tour are examined by Thomas Bonk of the L.A. TIMES. One tournament Woods "definitely won't be playing" is the BOB HOPE Chrysler Classic. Michael Milthorpe, the event's Exec Dir, said Hope called Woods and asked him to play but "was rebuffed." Milthorpe: "Mr. Hope isn't going to be with us much longer, and if you get a phone call from him, that would seem to mean something." Milthorpe "blames" IMG: "They're going to alienate him to a lot of people. It's sad." The TIMES' Bonk also reports Woods has "parted ways" with attorney JOHN MERCHANT, who advised the Woods family in its association with IMG and certain endorsement deals (L.A. TIMES, 1/8). CANADA'S MARKETING GURU: JACQUES BURELLE, new Commissioner of the Canadian Tour, is profiled by GOLFWEEK's Tim O'Connor. O'Connor: "In Burelle, sponsors believe they have found the answer to their needs. He's a Canadian nationalist, experienced in negotiating TV contacts." One tournament director said Burelle is a "leader into building events into major national institutions" (GOLFWEEK, 1/6). EGER LEAVES RULES FOR OTHERS: DAVID EGER has resigned as the PGA Tour's VP/Competition and the Tour's "leading authority on the rules of golf." He has agreed to stay on the job temporarily to help on special projects. He had been VP/Competition since the end of '95 (GOLFWEEK, 1/6).