March 16th, 2010
05:59 PM ET

Is the Masters the right venue for Tiger's return?

Tiger Woods announced this morning that he’d make his return to golf at the Masters in April. Woods has been away from the tour since he crashed his vehicle into a fire hydrant and then a tree near his home late last year.

Joe Posnanski, writing for Golf.com, says Woods’ planned return at the Masters “was the only logical choice.”

“Tiger Woods will play the Masters. Well, of course he will. The story had to end up at the Masters. There were people who thought that he might play Arnold Palmer's tournament at Bay Hill next week or he might wait until later in the year to enter a tournament,” he writes. 

Mike Walker of Golf.com disagrees, arguing Tiger’s return is “too much, too soon.”

“Without question, Woods at Augusta will be must-see TV, but it comes with strings attached. For every hour of the tournament on television, showing the world's best player against those snow-white bunkers and pink-and-violet azaleas, we'll get another 20 hours of commentary on MSESPNBCNNBS, thousands of tweets, a dozen New York Post covers and maybe another Howard Stern beauty pageant.”

Whatever the case, Richard Deitsch, who writes a media column for SI.com, says the Masters will be riveting television.

He quotes CBS News and Sports President Sean McManus - whose network will be televising the Masters - as saying that “the first tournament Tiger Woods plays again, wherever it is, will be the biggest media event other than the Obama inauguration in the past 10 or 15 years.”

Golf.com has more reaction from across the golfing world to the Woods announcement.

And watch Damon Hack of Sports Illustrated discuss Tiger's expected return.


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soundoff (229 Responses)
  1. michael mbambo

    there will never be a right time. his return was always going to cause media frenzy. the sooner he starts playing again the sooner the attention turns away from his personal life and back to golf. those who don't want him to play in the masters say so not because they care about the class of the game rather they don't want Woods to win another tournament.........be honest guys

    March 17, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  2. Rick

    I feel that Tiger coming back to the Masters will be good for the game. Maybe it will take some of the focus off his personal life. It blows me away how much attention his infidelity has gotten! Get over it... his personal life is none of our business.

    He's proven to be the best player in the game today. I feel he brings out the best in his fellow golfers and will help make the Masters the entertaining tournament it should be. I'm looking forward to watching it.

    March 17, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. Annette Melhado

    If it was me in this situation, I would without a doubt put my "healing process" with the family as my priority FIRST. I do not by that going to the Masters is part of this process, so soon. He should retire from golf if he truly want the best for everyone. He has enough money for all the things he and his family could ever need heretofore. I think it is his ego and missing being in the limelight that is his priority; unfortunately.

    Posted by: Stephan

    Stephan....so Tiger should stop playing/retire because he cheated...what would happen if every man/woman who cheated would have to retire/resign....what would happen to the work force....get real! you have to wonder about these people who are so "holier than thou"...nobody but God can judge another human being...be careful how you condemn other people...we all live in glass houses!

    March 17, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Posey

    227 Post about Tiger, all of you need to get back to work and handle your own affairs including myself.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
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