Tiger Woods To Play in Golf Event Despite Threat

By Patrick Goodenough | July 7, 2008 | 8:10 PM EDT

Pacific Rim Bureau (CNSNews.com) - Tiger Woods plans to participate as planned in the New Zealand Open, despite news that a cyanide-laced letter had been received by the U.S. Embassy in Wellington containing threats to disrupt the golf tournament.

The assistant police commissioner in the New Zealand capital, Jon White, said the threats had been aimed at the Open rather than at Woods himself. But he said it was obvious the threats had been made because the world's number one golfer was playing. It will be Woods' first appearance in New Zealand.

Speaking in Hawaii Sunday before heading westward by private plane, a sanguine Woods said: "Things like this do happen. You have to go on living your life."

According to the police, the letter, which contained a "small" amount of cyanide, also made reference to Israelis. It was posted from inside the country.

"We're talking and working with the diplomatic community and giving them much the same sort of advice as we are the public generally," said White. "We can't discount the possibility that the letter is a hoax and, given recent international events, it was only prudent that we reassessed security needs."

More than 100 policemen will be on hand during the Open, at a coastal course north of Wellington.

The U.S. Embassy declined to comment other than to confirm that the letter had been received and passed to police.

Cyanide is a lethal poison found in paste or powder form, which can only be bought in New Zealand with a permit.

Patrick Goodenough
Patrick Goodenough
Spencer Journalism Fellow