NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. – His name may have been removed from the AT&T National logo and the communications giant safely distanced from the embattled superstar, but make no mistake this week’s PGA Tour stop just outside Philly is Woods’ event.
He participated in the event’s opening ceremony, informed Arjun Atwal he was receiving a sponsor exemption and on Thursday when he was asked about handling all of the outside-the-ropes distractions he said, “I've done it before. I've run a few tournaments over the years and played in them.”
Woods’ influence may also explain an adjustment officials made at the par-3 17th hole, the site of Wood’ watery double-bogey on Thursday. On Friday officials moved the tee up 33 paces to about 175 yards and Woods made par.
Conversely, the pseudo-host clearly wasn’t vetted on the par-5 16th hole, which he’s played in a sloppy 1 over par for the week after missing the green both days from inside 100 yards.
Perhaps even more concerning, however, is the fact that Woods is 3 over for the week, one shot on the wrong side of the cut. Tough to be a host from Windermere, Fla.