Dubai moves ahead with Tiger Woods course
The company building The Tiger Woods Dubai housing development and golf course said in a statement on Wednesday that it remained committed to finishing the first course designed by Woods. The developer, part of the Dubai Holding conglomerate owned by the city-state’s ruler, says “progress continues” on the project but gave no specifics.
Woods told The Associated Press in June that the long-delayed project was “out of my hands.” Some of Woods’ sponsors are distancing selves from the golfer over reports of marital infidelity.
Meanwhile, the embattled top golfer has a shoulder to lean on as sports card and memorabilia maker, Upper Deck Co. will continue its relationship with the athlete of the decade. The company, and its Upper Deck Authenticated collectibles division, said during the week that the two “look forward to his eventual return to the PGA Tour.”
Upper Deck Chief Executive Officer, Richard McWilliam, said in a statement that the athlete and his family have the company’s full support. Woods announced late last week that he was taking an indefinite leave from public life and golf while he worked to fix his marriage after multiple allegations of infidelity.
Since then, his sponsors have been weighing their options as the media firestorm surrounding him continues. According to new figures released by TNS Media Intelligence on Tuesday, Woods’ top six sponsors have spent about $79.3 million on ads featuring Woods or his name through October this year.
He has been Upper Deck’s exclusive golf spokesman and autograph signer since 2001. The company declined to comment on the length or value of the contract.