Tiger Woods’ big stage at the inauguration

As you probably know, Tiger Woods was on a grand stage today speaking at Barack Obama’s inauguration. His appearance can’t hurt the PGA Tour, which surely will lose some sponsors in this economic downturn, either.
“I thought it was terrific,” PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said during a recent interview at the Bob Hope Classic in La Quinta. “I’m delighted they spent some time together afterward. It’s just another indication of the persona of Tiger Woods transcending the game of golf. He’s so much more than a golf. Before the inauguration, they used to say (Woods) was the most recognizable guy on the planet. I’m not so sure about that anymore with Obama being president. He’s certainly the most recognized athlete. To have the opportunity with that audience to reaffirm his focus – which was recognizing men and women in uniform – I was very pleased for the game and happy for him.”

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Jill Painter is a sports columnist for the Los Angeles News Group, covering everything from the Dodgers, Lakers, Clippers, USC, UCLA, Kings, golf and all human interest stories in sports.