Tiger Woods will speak about his past and future tomorrow in the antiseptic environment of his choosing, the TPC Sawgrass clubhouse in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., home of the PGA Tour.
He will be among his chosen friends and associates and will not answer questions, but the timing of his appearance is in question, at least by Ernie Els, who is playing in the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship in Marana, Arizona.
""It’s selfish,” Els told Golfweek. “You can write that. I feel sorry for the sponsor. Mondays are a good day to make statements, not Friday. This takes a lot away from the golf tournament.”
The sponsor, Accenture, dropped Woods after learning of his extramarital affairs.
"After careful consideration and analysis, the company has determined that he is no longer the right representative for its advertising," Accenture said of Woods in a statement Dec. 13.
Is Woods levying his first shot before he even takes to the course by upstaging an ongoing tournament whose sponsor was one of the first to terminate him?
Woods's agent, Mark Steinberg told Golfweek, “Accenture couldn’t have been more supportive.”
"It’s strictly a timing issue,'' he added. "There is a very good reason (to do it Friday) ... and not do it next week.''