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.

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  1. tiger fan

    No other player in the field gives off the ENERGY AND EAGERNESS TO WIN than Tiger Woods. That is why he is missed. He adds exitement and the other players need to step up and face the challenge. Some were probably happy without the competion but quickly figured out Tiger is where the money is......

    March 15, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RICK


    March 15, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jcspi64

    Els a better champion than Tiger? What F'n game of golf are you watching? All the other players before him that have gotten caught up in "Un-Gentleman Like" conduct have been able to carry on and he will to. When Tiger has been out of the game the ticket sales and revenue generated from these events has drastically come up short.

    Like all sports, a Champ is a Champ until defeated. Who will be the one to defeat Tiger?

    March 15, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dan, Washington, DC

    No interest unless it is Tiger. Heck, I wouldn't have clicked this link if it didn't say Tiger in in!

    March 15, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jackie Carter

    Simply put, Tiger is the worlds best golfer. No one can take that away from him no matter what he did outside of golf. I can't wait to see him back on the course. When he plays I watch. His problems at home are for him and Elin to solve. Who am I to judge.


    March 15, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Marc

    SERIOUSLY? Remember Bill Clinton? Ya know, the President of the United States...yeah that guy! He cheated on his wife with an intern (mind you, we the taxpayers were paying her...OH YEAH AND HIM TOO) IN THE OVAL OFFICE!!! And the American people could have cared less!! He actually got away with avoiding being impeached yet now America has a concious and the same people seem soooo concerned over Tiger Woods? The hilarious part is, you think he is the only one? There are rumors ever year of players cheating on their wives and they just haven't gotten caught! So with all that being said, he IS the greatest GOLFER ever (notice I didn't say husband or father) so let him do what he does best and leave the rest for he and his wife to sort out!!!

    March 15, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. George Schmid

    Let's get real about this. The PGA needs Tiger. Most of his fellow profwssional golfers want him back on tour. Most fans can't wait to see him get back to his winnig ways. TV and sponsors are not adjusting well to the recent events in Tiger's life. I for one have become tired about the media coverage of this. Let's get on with the game.

    March 15, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kyle

    it's all about the money and the sponsors that contribute. Without Tiger, they will be loosing. Tiger should just start his own league of Golf and you can wear anything you want on the course.

    March 15, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bill

    There will always be a black mark on him for what he did to his wife and kids, that being said I do miss him on the golf course and hope he comes back soon. If I was his wife I would have already kicked him to the curb and cleaned out his banking account! Let's start over on the golf course and I hope he gets "his house" in order.

    March 15, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. michael

    I feel the same about watching golf, it was hard to watch Ernie and I like his style, but its not the same without the Red polo shirt and black slacks leading the pack on Sunday and motivating every player in the tournament to try and beat him. That's Tiger golf!!

    March 15, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Tayloe Perry

    Tiger didn't do anything that politicians and celebrities do every day. He did nothing to hurt golf and like it or not, Tiger has boosted golf immeasurably - interest and revenue. The American public is fickle and the anti Tiger backlash that is happening now will quickly be forgotten once he gets back to his winning ways. Everyone loves a winner, and in this country it doesn't seem to matter how much class you have as long as you win. If he should win the Masters this year, congratulations will probably be sent out to all of his mistresses.

    March 15, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dean

    Rickey, Camillo and Ernie–much better role models and just as interesting. Tiger may have been the best golfer but he is a far cry from men like Watson, Nicklaus, Palmer and Harrington. Why do we obsess with the misfits like Woods and Daly? Does any father want his son or daughter to behave as adults like these two?

    March 15, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Butch

    I don't care if he ever comes back! It's nice to have a people friendly, fan friendly, winner like Ernie Els in the spotlight. The way Tiger has dissed his fan base they should never return to his corner. Don't care about his personal life, none of our business, but his public life has been deplorable!

    March 15, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mark

    Truly a magnificent golfer. However, even Tiger can't make his first appearance be at the Masters and expect to compete. No way.

    March 15, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. John

    I'm wondering why some people think they should forgive Tiger in order for him to play (or those that think they can't forgive and forget what he did. Mark Sanford is still governor of SC! Cut Tiger some slack...

    March 15, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
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