According to reports, Tiger Woods has declined the invitation to play the role of TV host ahead of the upcoming U.S Open in Torrey Pines in California.
The invitation was extended by NBC Sports and as reported by TMZ, broadcaster Dan Hicks has issued a statement on Tiger Woods’ declining the offer.Hicks said, “We were all thinking how good that would be, who better, if he couldn’t be there to play it, to voice it and have him a part of the show, but we were rebuffed.”
There may be many reasons as to why Woods declined the offer, particularly since his brutal car accident back in February this year.
According to officials who reported on the accident, they said “Mr. Woods was extricated from the wreck with the ‘jaws of life’ by Los Angeles County firefighters and paramedics, then transported to a local hospital by ambulance for his injuries.”
Aside from the car accident where he sustained multiple injuries, Woods also won the U.S. Open when it was last held at Torrey Pines in 2008, so there’s also speculation that he isn’t quite ready to be behind the desk at this point.
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Hicks said, “He didn’t want to do it, and I totally understand his situation. There is a lot going on in his world right now and there’s also a part of Tiger that doesn’t want to become this, I don’t want to, for lack of a better word, a sideshow at an event where we should be concentrating on what’s happening.”
Hicks added, “I understand that what’s going on in his world that he wanted to kind of keep it low-key and stay out of the limelight for this one and just hopefully he’ll enjoy it at home watching it on TV.”