March 15th, 2010
04:00 PM ET

Update: Tiger returning to golf, but no date set yet

[Updated 3:57] Listen to PGA Commissioner Tim Finchem discuss Tiger Woods' return to the tour and the impact of his absence.

[Updated 2:48 p.m.] PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said Tiger Woods is preparing to return to golf, but he does not know the specific date or event when that would happen.

"We have the general information that Tiger is preparing to play," Finchem said.

The PGA chief noted that speculation was focusing on Woods returning at the end of March and said if that was the case "then we will know soon."

"He'll give us reasonable notice because we know we've got some preparation to do," he said. "But I don't have the specific date when he's going to come back."

[Posted 12:42 p.m.] The wait for a date for Tiger Woods’ return to golf continues - but perhaps today is the day fans will get an answer.

With two weeks until practice rounds begin for the Masters, speculation is swirling around the subject of a teleconference scheduled for 2:30 p.m. with PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem (We'll be listening live and you can too.)

Even if Tiger is not officially on the agenda, surely his name will soon come up in questions.

Finchem said yesterday he expects Tiger to give him a heads-up soon about when he’ll be back on the Tour. Perhaps he's gotten one and we'll finally learn when Woods (and ratings) will return to the golf world.

The Associated Press recently cited "two people with knowledge of his plans" who said Woods would not return until the Masters in Augusta, Georgia, which begins with practice rounds on April 6 and ends with the tournament from April 9-12.

Woods, 34, stepped away from the tour late last year after crashing his black Cadillac Escalade into a fire hydrant and then a tree near his home outside Orlando, Florida. He later admitted cheating on his wife.

soundoff (146 Responses)
  1. Tiffany

    Man, the PGA is desparate to get Tiger back, which is kinda sad. Why is Tiger the light of the PGA. How come the other golfers can't pull their game up. Something is wrong.

    March 15, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. candy shoaf

    golf may not be tiger, but for me, tiger is golf. i dont watch it unless he is playing.

    March 15, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. s.l.o.

    His playing may be the same...even better, but I am not sure all people are that willing to forget and forgive. Just a waiting game.

    March 15, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tony

    Does it mean that golf is almost completely irrelevant without Tiger? It tells a lot about this game popularity. It is boring, expensive and who needs that, really?

    March 15, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. F Sundermann

    Of course the PGA needs Tiger back.
    The media will tell you why – he is the best golfer of all time – bar none, although I think that ther may be others who are also the greatest including Bobby Jones (my personal favorite), Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gene Sarazin, Ben Hogan, Walter Hagen, .... the list goes on

    March 15, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. news junkie

    This is a perfect example of the media manufacturing news rather than just reporting it. I DON"T CARE about T. Woods and his personal problems and the media should stop victimizing his family and associates by hounding them and persuing a dead issue just because they can't find any REAL news to report!!!

    March 15, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. John McKenna

    I'm sick and tired of all the PGA pros who "can't wait" for Tiger to return, he's "good for the game" and other ridiculous statements. How about all the PGA pro's raising their own games to a higher level? How about them all trying to help the tour move forward with or without Mr. Woods. Or are they happy to just make a living finishing 20th every week.

    Get off of Mr. Wood's back. Just step up fellas, and take the lead.

    March 15, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ME

    It will be very interesting to see him play again and see how they control the Press and the crowds. Also will interesting to see who he gets paired with.

    March 15, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tiger Fan

    Who cares about forgiving him or not. You dont cheer for him because hes a great husband or lover. You cheer for him because he is a great golfer. He is Tiger Woods and can do whatever the hell he wants. Hes the Tiger!

    March 15, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jerome

    If Tiger Woods isn't in the mix golf just doesn't seem to be an interesting. The ratings are down without him and it would be nice to tune in on Sunday and see the world's # 1 gofer on the tee again sooner rather than later.

    March 15, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bruce

    Golf has greatly missed Tiger and so have I. I am just waiting so that i can enjoy the weekends again with Tiger on the course. The sooner the better. If Tiger does not play the masters I wont be watching.

    March 15, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
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    March 15, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Russ

    Tiffany, find another sport to watch. If you want to complain about golf, complain about the LPGA's coverage. I for one like watching it but it's hard to find a major network covering it. And......It's Tiger's presence that makes other players step up their game. Most of us don't give a rat's a... about any golfer's private life. We are in it for the game and like watching Tiger play. It's history in the making for the sports world.

    March 15, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Steve Houston

    If you don't watch golf unless Tiger is playing then do us all a favor and stop watching, your need a hero not a sport.

    March 15, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Oz

    I was once a frothing at the mouth TW fan. But with the revelation of his behavior off the course, I am now ardently anti-TW. I don't want him touching Jack's records! TW is tainted goods, now...and forever more.

    March 15, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
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