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. Jae

    U know, it is kind of ironic that everybody wants to talk about tiger doing this and that to this WONDERFUL GAME OF GOLF. Just 20 years ago, I was not allowed to enter some golf courses. There are courses right now that I still cannot enter. This WONDERFUL GAME of golf has the longest standing of RACISM.
    Tiger, start your own tour. forget about these "people" who pimp you out for their pocket books. Tim Finchem should be out there getting your back instead of stabbing you their. The Masters should send a statement of apology for the history of racism that still exist on that "hollowed" grounds. Can you imagine how many people have been discriminated against there?
    This is no longer a WHITES MANS WORLD.

    March 15, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Donald C. Warner

    I guess I just don't get the fascination with one person and his personal life, when he will return[who cares?] and what kind of special treatment will be afforded him because of the publicity....seems to me the golf tournaments are going on just fine without him

    March 15, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. walt

    If we condemned every person who has cheated in their life, 80 percent of the people in this country woudl be condemned. What is Tiger so different from everyone else, just because he can hit a golf ball better then most people. Don't define him by his golf, he is human like the rest of us and he has human flaws like the rest of us. I don't excuse what he did but its time to give the guy a break. Evidently his wife is willing to try and forgive him, and he did it to her. So don't you think its time for us to forgive him and just watch him play golf. We put him on the pedastool, its time for us to take him off that and remember he is human like all of us.

    March 15, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tap in Par

    If Tiger returns to the Masters and attempts to begin play on April 9, he'll be DQ'ed. The tournament begins on April 8.

    March 15, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jim

    Mr. Woods has always behaved like a spoiled child with inordinately elevated displays of self-importance and arrogance. It is too bad that the golf gods have structured this one-time wonderfull sport in a way where so much now depends on the participatuion of this immature brat.

    March 15, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jimmy

    I did not watch Golf over the weekend...because Tiger was not playing. It is simply not exciting to watch golf without Tiger...

    March 15, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Brian

    Who are we to judge Tiger? Doesn't GOD give us second chances? We should also.

    March 15, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. pete

    i miss tiger. i watch to hope he loses. then he can drop the f bomb and throw his clubs. it's great tv.

    March 15, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. AJ

    Ernie, a much better golfer than Tiger? Please pass some of what you are smoking. Believe it or not, Tiger is golf when it come to popularity and money. Forgive or don't forgive is not my place. He's not my role model but a damn good golfer

    March 15, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joe Stafford

    We can have golf with or without him. I personally would like to see him take the whole year off. Mayby the swelling in his head would go down a little.

    March 15, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Deb from Oklahoma

    I agree with Jeff, who cares. Just another overpaid athlete with more cash than brains or morals. Yawn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 15, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Skip

    All you perfect non-sinners can whine all you want. He's good for the game even if you can no longer hold him up to your children as an example of high esteem. Just because the scandle exposed him doesn't mean he's the only golfer with ghosts in the closet. If you have ever wished to be forgiven for a transgression than show him the same regard.

    March 15, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Rosiec

    I just love all the critisism of Tiger, I hope he comes back and makes everyone eat their words.
    He IS golf!!!!!

    March 15, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Hair of the Dog

    I just hope that when Tiger comes back he comes back with a new attitude towards the game and his outward persona. Lose the Sunday "red", grow the goatee, acknowledge the crowd lining his pockets and bank account, etc... He is the best player in the world but he gets away with too much swearing and poor sportsmanship during his rounds. He should not be untouchable!

    March 15, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. MDN

    For now at least...Tiger defines golf in the same way that Michael Jordan once defined basketball. Only the public suffers because of his supposed transgressions. It seems clear to me that his wife didn't marry him because of his personality and his African-Philipino heritage. I rather beliefve it was the money and celebrity that he offered.

    March 15, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
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