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Tiger, it's for the kids

February 19, 2009

"Charity awaits Tiger's decision," the headline in Tucson's Arizona Daily Star reads. The story is regarding how Tiger Woods' decision on whether to play the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship will have a bearing on the charitable contributions the tournament can make, many of them going to children's groups.

The story notes that the recession is taking a toll on corporate and ticket sales for the event, but that Woods, by electing to play, could help make up some of that lost revenue, a significant portion of which would go the charities the tournament supports.

This is true, of course, but it's true wherever Tiger plays, in a bad economy or a good one. It's patently unfair to financially place the onus on Woods by directly linking his decision to the fortunes of the tournament charities.

-- John Strege