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SBD/May 14, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Big Ratings, Record Attendance, Woods-Garcia Feud At The Players A Boost For PGA Tour
Published May 14, 2013
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LET'S GET READY TO...: In L.A., Bill Dwyre writes the Woods-Garcia “dust-up just might do for golf what Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan did for skating -- make it interesting beyond its core fan base.” The PGA Tour is “no longer merely a parade of boring thirtysomethings with vanilla personalities in logo shirts, smiling a lot while hitting little white balls over perfectly manicured landscapes.” Now there is “Tiger in the red corner and Sergio in the blue.” This is “manna from heaven for a sport that gets little attention from the younger set.” Tim Finchem “is the commissioner of the tour, but you can almost feel the groundswell to bring on Vince McMahon” (L.A. TIMES, 5/14). ESPN's Tony Kornheiser said Garcia is "jealous" of Woods and he "blames Tiger for not realizing all the expectations that were put on him." He added, "What I like is you know how Tiger sort of doesn't like Phil (Mickelson). He actively dislikes Sergio. Sergio actively dislikes him, and I like that" ("PTI," ESPN, 5/13). Golf Channel’s Tom Abbott said, "It was fun to listen to these two players going at it. It’s not that big of a deal is it? It’s two athletes who are great at their sports, but it’s fun to hear it in the media” (“Morning Drive,” Golf Channel, 5/14).