Woods' ex-sponsor says it was in loop

Updated: February 18, 2010, 3:25 PM ET
By Jason Sobel | ESPN.com

MARANA, Ariz. -- One day after the timing of Tiger Woods' Friday morning statement was referred to as "selfish" by fellow pro Ernie Els -- prompting speculation that it was a vindictive move against a former sponsor -- an Accenture spokesperson refuted that notion.

"We got a call from Tiger's agent [Mark Steinberg] prior to the announcement yesterday, so we had a heads-up that they were going to make the announcement and they told us they were timing it for Friday -- for whatever ...

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