Tiger Woods to return to therapy after conference, Finchem says

Jay Busbee
February 19, 2010

More details of the Tiger Woods "press" conference are coming out in advance of the actual Friday morning event, and while some questions are getting answered, others remain unknown.

It's been suspected that Woods chose this Friday to make his announcement in an effort to stick it to Accenture, the first sponsor to drop Woods. A Tiger press conference would, and will, obliterate the coverage of Accenture's tournament this week. But a letter from PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem to various PGA officials, a letter obtained by the Associated Press, seems to indicate that there were other reasons than simple vindictiveness.

"As we understand it, Tiger’s therapy called for a week’s break at this time during which he has spent a few days with his children and then will make his statement before returning," Finchem said in the letter. "Accordingly, there was very little flexibility in the date for the announcement."

Finchem also said that the PGA Tour talked with Accenture officials about the statement; surely Accenture was asking some version of what in the hell are you doing letting this guy torpedo us? And while the PGA Tour noted that Woods' camp made the timing decision on their own, the Tour offered the use of its Ponte Vedra headquarters for the press conference upon request of Team Tiger.

Bottom line, if Woods is serious about this rehab -- and, let's be honest, there are very good reasons to doubt his sincerity -- it could well be a long time before we see Woods on the course again. Still, if Woods is indeed in rehab for sex addiction -- Finchem's letter did not specify the cause needing rehab -- then it's another check-mark in the favor of the tabloids, and another reason for why Woods' keep-'em-in-the-dark approach may be exactly the wrong one.