Exactly, the fact he played got that event significantly more attention than it would have, thats a win for the sponsors involved.
Erik said it best, it was never about him being able to compete, it was for publicity and it's publicity they got. Do you think that tournament would have gotten a 3 page thread on this site had he not played? I doubt it would have been mentioned at all, hell most people I talked to thought it was a Web.com event.
This would be my guess. It looks to me like the Valspar will be the biggest casualty of this schedule. Hard to say what the net effect on the API will be. My guess would be Tiger consistently chooses the API over the Honda and this in turn could re-elevate the API a bit and get other players to follow suit. Hard to say.
Tiger will not be forced to sectional qualify for any U.S. Open. They have given special exemptions to the likes of Furyk, Els, and Goosen recently. They gave special exemptions repeatedly to Arnold and Jack. Woods has 9 USGA championships. If anyone was ever locked for a special exemption, it's Tiger.
DAY 123 Spent an hour on the putting green making 3 foot putts, as part of the 10,000 Putt Challenge. Need to do the 6 footers tomorrow. Then played 9 holes with a friend who is handicapped. We play monthly. We played from the Gold/Senior tees. While it was a windy day, I still hit 7/9 GIR, got up and down 1/2 times, and eagled a par 5 to finish the 9 holes 1 under par!! Hit the ball pretty well. #hardworkpayingoff