Tiger Woods: Was Tiger Woods Being Pressured Into Playing?
Tiger Woods News Update: Tiger Feeling the Pressure
Tiger Woods withdrawing from the Players Championship has caused quite a stir in the Golf world.
Not only is Woods the most prolific golfer on the tour, but is arguably one of the most prolific athletes in the world.
Conspiracy theories about Woods’ body giving out because of past steroid use have come out, and now there is a new theory to put on the chopping block.
Did Tiger Woods show up to the tournament as a favor to the PGA tour, all the while knowing that his body was not ready to play?
Bob Harig of ESPN explains the situation.
Not so, said commissioner Tim Finchem.
In fact, it was clear by Finchem's reaction that he was not happy about such an insinuation.
"It's always important for Tiger to be part of the tour, because he's Tiger Woods. But the idea that we would pressure him to play is ludicrous," Finchem said in an interview that aired on CNBC. "We don't pressure any player to play the tournament," which is regarded as the PGA Tour's signature event.
"In this case the suggestion is somehow he was hurt and we got him to play anyway. Tiger doesn't [play] a tournament unless he thinks he can win," Finchem said. "I was on the range with him Tuesday, I watched him hit balls. He practiced that day, he practiced Wednesday hard. And he tweaked it yesterday. So, non-issue."
What gave some life to the conspiracy theory, however, was the fact that Woods -- in one of the rare instances -- did not appear ready to play or win. He limped off the course after shooting 6-over 42 on the front nine.
Stay tuned for more updates on the Tiger Woods right here on Bleacher Report.
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