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GWAA to boycott Woods press event

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MARANA, Ariz. – The standing room only that will be Tiger Woods’ first public appearance since he wrecked his SUV into an Isleworth fire hydrant in November just got a little more elbow room.

The 27-member board of the Golf Writers Association of America voted on Thursday to boycott the event, which will be held at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Woods originally agreed to allow three pool reporters from the GWAA along with three wire service pool reporters into the event but a majority of the members of the board disagreed, claiming that if reporters were not going to be allowed to ask questions and all credentialed members were not allowed access to the event it should be boycotted.

“I can not stress how strongly our board felt that this should be open to all media and also for the opportunity to question Woods,” GWAA president Vartan Kupelian said in a statement. “The position, simply put, is all or none.”

Nineteen members of the board voted for the boycott, while four voted against it and three members abstained from voting.

Members of the media will be allowed to view the event, which will be telecast live on Golf Channel and GolfChannel.com, at the Sawgrass Marriott, which is adjacent TPC Sawgrass.

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