/Tiger's absence gives new stars opportunity, commissioner says

Tiger's absence gives new stars opportunity, commissioner says

ALBANY, Bahamas — Heading to the Bahamas on Wednesday, PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem wasn’t sure he’d see Tiger Woods.

“Based on media reports I read before I came down here this morning, I thought he was actually dying,” Finchem said.

When the two did meet, Finchem told Woods he was supposed to be dead based on said reports. Finchem was joking, of course, but he did tell a group of reporters that Woods was indeed alive.

“Right where he’s been, he’s kind of powerless and that’s frustrating,” Finchem said when asked about Woods’ mood. “I asked him if he could get in the water because he likes to dive, and he can’t do that either.

“He’s like any of us, he’s going stir crazy.”

Woods was the one who painted a dire picture of his future on Tuesday. Through words and body language, Woods was a lion in winter instead of a ferocious tiger devouring his prey when he addressed the media ahead of Thursday’s start of the Hero World Challenge. The tournament brings together 18 of the game’s best at Albany Golf Club and benefits the Tiger…

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