Did not expect this announcement.
Tiger Woods, through his agent, announced tonight that he won’t speak to reporters before a handful of tournaments each season, instead answering questions from fans via social media, according to Bob Harig at ESPN.com. This begins with next week’s Wells Fargo Championship.
“We’ve been thinking about this for a couple of months now,” Steinberg said Friday night. “We wanted to have a little bit more direct interaction with fans, and they’ve been very good to him over the years. We’re probably a little bit behind with social media and this is a way to do that.”
Steinberg said that post-round access would not change, and he stressed that this pre-tournament arrangement would only occur “a handful of times” during the year. Woods likely would continue to do interviews prior to major championships, events where he is the defending champion and selected tournaments, possibly including the Players Championship in two weeks.
“It’s just a chance to have him interact more with fans,” Steinberg said.
Okay then. It is true that Tiger talks more to the media at any event than anyone, but this announcement does mystify me a little and we’ll have to wait and see what the media thinks about it come tournament time.
In any case, it’s the new lay of the land.