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Is Tiger Woods' Return Due To A New Title Sponsor For His PGA Tour Event?
Published June 23, 2014
MISSING IN ACTION: The WASHINGTON POST's Svrluga wrote as "much as this is Woods's event ... he’s not making phone calls and twisting arms to get people to play." Woods last month said, "I haven’t traditionally done that because I know what it feels like to be on that side, where people ask you to play. And I don’t want to put that on the players. My staff will do that for me." Despite his "presence as a host and Congressional as a top-flight venue, Woods’s tournament ... has traditionally had a difficult time drawing a strong field, and encouragement from the 14-time major winner likely wouldn’t matter." Woods, Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose "give the event four of the world’s top-10 ranked players, but just five of the top 20 will be here -- and for several reasons." The U.S. Open was two weeks ago, and "many top-flight European players ... travel across the Atlantic immediately afterward." The Irish Open was last week, and the BMW Int'l Open in Germany is "next week, overlapping with the Quicken Loans National." Phil Mickelson "traditionally takes time off after the U.S. Open and reappears the week before the British Open." Woods said, "It’s just playing schedule. Guys need time" (WASHINGTON POST, 6/22).