Woods withdraws from tournament

Monday, Nov. 30, 2009 3:13 PM
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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Tiger Woods withdrew Monday from his own golf tournament, citing injuries from a car crash near his Florida home. He said he would not compete again until next year.

Woods said in a statement on his Web site that his injuries prevented him from playing in the Chevron World Challenge. He was scheduled to hold a press conference Tuesday for the tournament, which he hosts annually for a small, invited, field.

“I am extremely disappointed that I will not be at my tournament this week,” Woods said. “I am certain it will be an outstanding event and I’m very sorry that I can’t be there.”

His decision to withdraw comes after a car crash left him with cuts and bruises when his SUV hit a fire hydrant and a tree early Friday outside his home in a gated Florida golf community. Woods was treated and released at a hospital after the accident, and has not been seen in public since.

By skipping the tournament, Woods will escape having to face TV cameras and a horde of media seeking more details about the smashup.

Woods released a statement Sunday saying the accident was his fault, but he did not address any of the questions still swirling around it. He asked that it remain “a private matter,” but with the Florida Highway Patrol still investigating and the media in full pursuit, Woods may not get his way.

Woods even faced questions from fans leaving comments on his own Web site. Most voiced support for the golfer, but some said he should address the questions about his own actions and those of his wife, Elin Nordegren, before and after the accident.

Woods hasn’t answered questions from Florida troopers, either, turning them down three days in a row. Meanwhile, the tabloid-fueled rumors continue to swirl around perhaps the richest and most-recognizeable athletes in the world.

Four cars were parked in Woods’ driveway Monday, but no lights appeard to be on inside. A new fire hydrant had already replaced the one that Woods plowed into. A dirt hole and an orange barricade remained in the old hydrant’s place.

Woods, who both hosts and plays in the Chevron World Challenge, was there last year even though he couldn’t play because he was recovering from knee surgery. His absence this year will be the first since the tournament – which has only an 18-player field – began in 1999.

Though he cited injuries from the accident in withdrawing from the tournament, Woods didn’t specifically say what those injuries included. A neighbor who called 911 after Woods ran over the hydrant and into a tree said he was unconscious and laying outside his SUV. His wife told Windermere police she used a golf club to smash the back windows to help him out.

Woods’ only public comment has been via two statements released on his Web site, one saying the accident was his fault alone and the second saying he was withdrawing from the tournament.

“This is a private matter and I want to keep it that way,” Woods said. “Although I understand there is curiosity, the many false, unfounded and malicious rumors that are currently circulating about my family and me are irresponsible. ...

“I appreciate all the concern and well wishes that we have received,” the statement concluded. “But, I would also ask for some understanding that my family and I deserve some privacy no matter how intrusive some people can be.”

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1of the frontrowgang
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1of the frontrowgang 11/30/09 - 03:18 pm
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Be a man Tiger and admit that

Be a man Tiger and admit that you did wrong. Not to even go to your owm tournament(not play,just go) is a slap in the face to all that are playing or sponsering it. It shows your true colors.

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pommom38 11/30/09 - 03:21 pm
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I couldn't care less how it

I couldn't care less how it happened or why, but I agree with you gang, he could at least show up at the event. Doesn't take much effort, and his injuries apparently weren't that bad.

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gnumbgnuts 11/30/09 - 03:55 pm
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What would be worse? Tiger

What would be worse? Tiger with a busted lip, or Obama with an earache?

ArtCollector
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ArtCollector 11/30/09 - 04:04 pm
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Did you see how he was

Did you see how he was pouting in the photo on the other thread? Poor pouty rich boy...he can give his wife a ride back home on that bottom lip.

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ispy4u 11/30/09 - 04:27 pm
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He has admitted that it was

He has admitted that it was his fault. I guess you waht him to come on television and cry crocodile tears saying " I have sinned"?

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ispy4u 11/30/09 - 04:32 pm
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How do you idiots manage to

How do you idiots manage to put Obama in every subject. SMF

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Lorraine 11/30/09 - 04:39 pm
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Thanks ispy4u, I am wondering

Thanks ispy4u, I am wondering the same thing. Some people have no sense of direction.

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onecatfish 11/30/09 - 04:44 pm
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He got a good CAN of AW from
Unpublished

He got a good CAN of AW from his wife. I bet the boys at the club will have fun with this one :) [filtered word] to show up for your own golf tournament. I guess she has a good swing.

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fishburn 11/30/09 - 05:00 pm
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if ya ask me if he didnt have

if ya ask me if he didnt have anything to hide he'd have talked to the cops right off the bat like any law abiding citizen does.

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jaschild 11/30/09 - 05:03 pm
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gutless move. what a

gutless move. what a spineless li'l boy he appears to be. yes, he's still the greatest golfer of this generation.

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justthefacts 11/30/09 - 05:08 pm
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I can understand why he isn't

I can understand why he isn't playing, but I don't agree with his decision. Many people bought tickets to this tourney only because he is in it. He is being unfair to those who were supporting his cause.

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storiesihaveread 11/30/09 - 05:21 pm
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He is nothing but a spoiled

He is nothing but a spoiled brat. What he did the other week by flinging his club into the crowd watching him makes him look really mature. NOT

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Riverman1 11/30/09 - 05:49 pm
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I live in Columbia County

I live in Columbia County where the only two roads are private and witnessed an accident where the officers were called about two years past. The Columbia County Deputies said they couldn't give citations for traffic violations on private roads. Westlake is often given as an example, but the Westlake Assoc. ASKED for law enforcement on their roads.

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Riverman1 11/30/09 - 05:56 pm
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Storieshaveread, keep in mind

Storieshaveread, keep in mind his dad was an Army officer and Tiger grew up with his dad in the Army. He always goes out of his way to help the miltary. Remember his time at military bases where he gives clinics and so on? He is a different kind of guy, but loyal to people in the military to the nth degree.

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seenitB4 11/30/09 - 07:37 pm
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Well what do you want,,,maybe

Well what do you want,,,maybe he saw what happened to Gov. Sanford when he fessed up & told the truth to the media..How is that working for him?? Sometimes the more you talk the more the media wants..MMMUUUMMMMMM

storiesihaveread
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storiesihaveread 11/30/09 - 07:41 pm
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Maybe you are right riverman

Maybe you are right riverman but you still need to be held accountable for your actions.

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smartie 11/30/09 - 07:42 pm
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truthfully, i don't blame the

truthfully, i don't blame the guy for not being so quick to talk. he's got a dozen public relations guys telling him what to say and do. he may not be talking to the media, but, he's talking to someone. believe it or not, he answers to the folks he gets his paychecks from. i am disappointed, if the story about a girlfriend, is true. i just thought that he held his family in the highest regard. i think he was raised that way.

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egan01 11/30/09 - 07:46 pm
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What is the big deal, you

What is the big deal, you don't have to talk to the police or a bunch of noisy reporters. If they don't have a search warant they can't even get his survelance tapes, and they have no grounds to get one.

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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 11/30/09 - 07:50 pm
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I can say that he has dropped

I can say that he has dropped immensely in the public eye as far as respect and public opinion.. I don't believe I'll support his sponsors. He wanted to collect the prize money and all the endorsement money, he needs to understand if you're gonna put yourself out in the public eye to make big bucks you need to keep it clean or be ready to explain and very quickly do so..

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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 11/30/09 - 07:52 pm
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You're right egan he doesn't

You're right egan he doesn't have to talk to reporters. But, eventually he'll have to talk to the police, from one side of the bars or the other!

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KSL 11/30/09 - 07:54 pm
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My sentiments entirely,

My sentiments entirely, ColdBeer. Leaders, and he is one in the golf world, are and should be held to a higher standard.

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seenitB4 11/30/09 - 08:05 pm
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Coldbeer you surprised me ,,

Coldbeer you surprised me ,, with a name like coldbeer I would've thought you would tell the media to go fly a kite..

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shootamonkey 11/30/09 - 09:00 pm
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Anybody with half a brain can
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Anybody with half a brain can see through this. Where was he going at 2:30 in the morning and his wife just happended to hear the crash? BS! She found out about the affair and and was running after him with the golf club. He was looking back at her and ran off the road and struck the hydrant. She had already broken out the back glass with the golf club before the accident. The police says she used the club to break out the back glass to get him out of the car? What? I have no respect anymore for Woods but less for the police for going along with the cover-up!!!

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KSL 11/30/09 - 09:11 pm
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When did you have respect for

When did you have respect for him. He is a great athlete, but a sorry golfer. No, I don't mean he doesn't play golf well.

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Tigger_The_Tiger 11/30/09 - 09:15 pm
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Actually he NEVER has to talk

Actually he NEVER has to talk to the police......he has the right to remain silent.

ArtCollector
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ArtCollector 11/30/09 - 09:27 pm
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KSL, WHO should be held to a

KSL, WHO should be held to a higher standard??? Bull crap. And CBBP, who cares if you support his sponsors? You are just a peon speck of dust in the wind. You folks put these athletes on pedestals. And then when they mess up you wanna go and get all judgmental on them. Shut up.

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KSL 11/30/09 - 09:36 pm
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Not you, judging from all of

Not you, judging from all of your past posts. You tell people not to be judgmental. No one is as judgmental as you are. You have addressed me at least 4 times today. I ignored your attempts to engage me until now. Check with your fowl mouthed, geese loving buddy about her definition of stalking.

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corgimom 11/30/09 - 09:40 pm
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Meanwhile, the Florida

Meanwhile, the Florida Highway Patrol says it is not seeking a search warrant to access medical records concerning Woods' car crash Friday near his home in Windermere, Fla.

This statement contradicts what celebrity Web site TMZ earlier reported. The Web site claims authorities in Florida are trying to obtain a search warrant to enable them to seize medical records from the hospital that treated Woods, TMZ reported.

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Fixer 11/30/09 - 09:41 pm
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I agree with Shootamonkey's

I agree with Shootamonkey's theory. He was running from the wife. Good golfer, but not much wisdom.

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KSL 11/30/09 - 09:41 pm
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Did you see how he was

Did you see how he was pouting in the photo on the other thread? Poor pouty rich boy...he can give his wife a ride back home on that bottom lip.
Posted by ArtCollector on Mon Nov 30, 2009 4:04 PM POSTED on this very thread.

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