Finchem jokes with Woods: I thought you were dead


Tiger Woods and Tim Finchem at the 2010 BMW Championship. (Getty Images)

NASSAU, Bahamas – PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem met with Tiger Woods on Wednesday morning at the Hero World Challenge and left that meeting optimistic, at least relative to current reports, that the former world No. 1 would get his health and game back on track.

“He seemed fine to me,” Finchem said. “I kidded with him because based on the media reports I read before I came down here this morning I thought he had actually died. I told him, ‘Tiger, I thought you were supposed to be dead.’”

On Tuesday, Woods said he had no timeline for his return to golf and that following his third back surgery in 18 months he has been limited to nothing more physical than walking and playing video games.

Finchem said Woods’ lack of activity over the last few weeks has been difficult, pointing out he’s not even able to scuba dive following his third back surgery in October.

“Until the doctors release him he’s kind of powerless which is frustrating,” Finchem said. “He’s kind of matter-of-fact about it. He’s a matter-of-fact guy.”