SBD/Issue 64/Leagues & Governing Bodies

Tiger On Hiatus: Golfers Address Woods' Break From Action

Ogilvy (l) Among The Golfers Who Believe
Woods' Break Will Be Bad For The Sport
A number of pro golfers this weekend responded to the news that Tiger Woods is taking an indefinite break from competitive golf. Paul McGinley said, "Golf needs him back and sooner rather than later. At the moment, with the economic downturn and with competition for sponsors from so many other sports, golf has to have all hands on deck and Tiger is the biggest hand there is" (London TELEGRAPH, 12/13). Nick Price said, "It's hard enough now to find sponsors. Not having Tiger in the field, for however long it is, that's going to be a challenge" (GOLFCHANNEL.com, 12/12). Geoff Ogilvy: "Indefinite is a scary word. That's not good for us" (AP, 12/12). Sandy Lyle: "He has done an awful lot for golf and the sport needs Tiger to come back. He's put golf on the map." Graeme McDowell added, "We're under no illusions. We're much more prosperous golfers for having Tiger Woods playing in our era. There's plenty of global superstars on the way up to replace him. But they're not just quite ready to replace him yet" (London INDEPENDENT, 12/14). More McDowell: "At a time when the world is having a tough time economically, we don't need any more blows to our sport." Mark Calcavecchia: "We need him out here. What he's done for our Tour and golf over the last 13 years is unparalleled" (GOLFCHANNEL.com, 12/12). Colin Montgomerie: "It will impact on every tournament Tiger plays." John Daly: "They always say there is no one bigger in golf than the game itself. But Tiger is" (London TELEGRAPH, 12/13).

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).

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