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SBD/Issue 64/Leagues & Governing Bodies
Tiger On Hiatus: Golfers Address Woods' Break From Action
Published December 14, 2009
|Ogilvy (l) Among The Golfers Who Believe
Woods' Break Will Be Bad For The Sport
MAKING THE RIGHT CALL: Tom Watson yesterday said, "Golf is going to have a hard time, probably, but we'll come through this. I like what Tiger had to say about his issue, and I think he's got to make amends with his wife" (K.C. STAR, 12/14). Steve Stricker said, "Golf is always going to be here and hopefully he gets his life straight at home and comes back. Because we need him back here as well. We all know what he does for excitement levels, purse levels, TV audiences. It all goes up when he's here, so we need him here, too" (GOLFCHANNEL.com, 12/12). Stricker added, "It's great that he's going to put his family first and work things out. Golf will always be there. He wants to make sure his marriage is right and everything is good on the home front. We'll sure miss him on tour until he gets things taken care of" (AP, 12/12).
LIFE GOES ON: Chris DiMarco said, "Contrary to what everyone believes, the Tour will go on. Anytime you take the greatest competitor of all time out of the game, though, it will miss him" (PGATOUR.com, 12/12). Stricker said, "There is definitely a difference when he's at an event and when he's not. We'll manage, though. There are a lot of other great players in this game and a lot of other great storylines." Boo Weekley: "The Tour isn't all about Tiger. There are 200, 300 guys out here playing to make a living like he did. It ain't just about one player. He ain't bigger than the game" (GOLFCHANNEL.com, 12/12). J.B. Holmes said the Tour "did fine" when Woods took an eight-month break to recover from a leg injury after the '08 U.S. Open. Holmes: "The tour's still going to be here. Different from last time, we don't know when he's coming back. With the knee, we kind of had an idea, but you just never know" (NAPLES NEWS, 12/13).