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Commish: No pressure on Tiger to play

Updated: May 14, 2011, 1:41 AM ET
By Bob Harig | ESPN.com

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Given his hasty exit from TPC Sawgrass and the fact that he clearly had little preparation for The Players Championship, Tiger Woods' withdrawal after just nine holes has led to speculation that he showed up at the tournament as a favor to the PGA Tour.

Not so, said commissioner Tim Finchem.

In fact, it was clear by Finchem's reaction that he was not happy about such an insinuation.

"It's always important for Tiger to be part of the tour, because ...

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