"I was tired and doing these things are easy"
By mustang6560 on 11/1/12
oober Matt McGee would like to know the real reason Tiger Woods (and/or Rory McIlroy) decided to skip the HSBC Champions.

Well, according to Tiger, he decided to skip the final WGC event of the year because he was tired. Plus, he was busy hosting a putting clinic for junior golfers yesterday in Shanghai (which apparently cost $49,900 per junior).
"I was tired and doing these things are easy. Competing and getting ready for another golf tournament, I just didn't want to do that," Woods told reporters at Marina Bay after offering his expertise to 12 selected teenagers.

"I've got four more rounds at my tournament in LA and I'm done until Abu Dhabi next year so I'm looking forward to having this extended break. This is my offseason now and I'm really looking forward to getting away from it.

"Competing and playing golf tournaments after a long schedule, the playoffs, the Ryder Cup and a lot of other tournaments, it's been a while," he added of his need for a break after his first full season on Tour since 2005.

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[ comments ]
birdieXris says:
At least he's honest about it. Time to get back in line so he can have a real reason to be in the golf news every freakin day.
Torleif Sorenson says:
An exhibition with TWELVE teenagers cost $49,900 per head??!! Did Tiger hire a bunch of government bureaucrats to put that event? Even with security staff costs, that's way over the line!

"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there'd be a shortage of sand."
— Milton Friedman (1912-2006), American economist, professor, and Nobel laureate
joe jones says:
Show me the money. They didn't offer appearance fee's so he opted out which most pro's do when faced with the same situation.
C-4 says:
I have no idea why the general public feels that these athletes owe them somthing. YOU TAKE OFF OF WORKWHEN YOU WANT...RIGHT????..Lts say your a admin asst and they offer you $500 a head to teach kids how to answer the phone...would you take off??
Backquak says:
i don't think people realize just how taxing these tournaments and the preparation for them are. not to mention the travel, time away from family, if they want to skip they can skip. Maybe these tourneys should be shortened to 2-3 days events, the lowest score would still win.
spackler455db says:
I agree with C-4, it boggles my mond that people think tiger owes the golf world a certain number of tournaments a year.
mmontisano says:
Marina Bay Golf Course is 5 minutes from my place. i see Lambos all over the place here, and knowing that it's about $1 mil to import one into the country, i can see Singaporeans easily paying this to hang out with Tiger for a couple of hours.
Matt McGee says:
Thanks for the moment of OOB fame. I raised this question because Rory and Tiger were both pretty close to this tournament geographically, and, "The WGC events are supposed to be more prestigious than a regular PGA or European Tour event...," and neither one of them played. It seems to me that the real reasons for skipping it might be more about politics or personalities than they are about being "tired." All of this is pure rhetorical conjecture on my part, and should be regarded as lightly as possible.
Torleif Sorenson says:
Matt, your point is justifiable.

I think the problem is with the shoulder-season WGC event. The Match Play and Akron are big ones for sure, ranking right up there with Arnold Palmer's tournament at Bay Hill, the Memorial, and Quail Hollow as far as the non-major, non-playoff events go.

Traditionally, most of the top-ranked players pack it in for the year following the Ryder Cup / Presidents Cup. That's why that final WGC event always seemed to me to be something of an afterthought.
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