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. frank

    Tiger is the number one golfer in the world. He is a golfer. He is a role model for golfing, not how to live your life. If you want to be a better golfer, you watch and listen to Tiger. If you want to be a better person, you go to other sources, not a golfer.

    He should never have left golf. If his wife wants him to leave golf, he should leave her.

    He always gives the game of golf 100%. He didn't cheat on his fans. He cheated on his wife, and that is no one's business but his and his wife's.

    You know of him because he is the greatest golfer to ever stride on a course, not because of his personal life.

    If I were him I wouldnt give a hoot if "people aren't wiling to forget and forgive". No one has to forgive him except his wife. And even she doesn't have to forgive him. They can both move on. Life goes on. And he will always be the greatest golfer in our lifetime. And all of you jealous people just want him to not play to delay the inevitability of him winning the most pga tourneys and majors. But I'll be watching on that destined day, and so will you....

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

    I agree with candy shoaf; if Tiger isn't playing, I'm not watching. I watch him because he plays as perfect a game as I've seen in my lifetime or will live to see again. I admire his incredible ability to focus and his absolute control (and don't site "temper tantrums" to me).

    Arnie and Jack elevated the game and made it popular with so many more than had ever followed golf before. Tiger has reached even deeper to expand the public interest to people who would never have given golf a second glance if not for him. Look at the gallery when he's playing and you'll find fans from Wall Street to welfare. Tiger made golf into a sport for everyone; not just those who can afford Country Club memberships.

    When Tiger comes back, so will I and I'll be 100 percent behind him.

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

    Tiffany...you just don't get how good Tiger actually is. He is so much better than these already unbelievable pro players, his status is truly unparalelled in any other sport's history.

    March 15, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Val

    I watched Ernie win this weekend which was great. I watched the last 9 holes only. With Tiger in the field I watch every hole shown on tv. Tiger is an exciting player. All the bs about his affairs have little to do with golf. Hurry back

    March 15, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. scott

    No Tiger. No golf. Golf and the newtworks are at a point where they could pay Tiger a boat load of cash to come back. The TV rating suck and the general interest n the game has dwindled significantly.

    What happened with Tiger is none of our business. That is a private family matter.

    March 15, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. eh

    Wow Jeff, Ernie Els a much better champion than Tiger will ever be??? Have you taken a look at the numbers chief?

    Championship and champions are defined by measured accomplishments, in this case winning championships. Get off of your high horse and back to your cubicle, loser.

    March 15, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mike

    golf is much bigger than tiger.

    March 15, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. R. T.

    Get real Jeff.. At this time, Tiger is golf and golf is Tiger. Check the ratings when he is playing and when he's not. You must have love Clinton..

    March 15, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sean Zenishek

    Ernie wishes he could be half of what Tiger is. Are you kiddin me? Tiger is the greatest and will soon be back to show the world that!!!

    March 15, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ted

    Gie the guy a break. Since he was a kid in a high chair, golf has been Tiger's life. He drops it to save his marriage and family. Why don't people gie him a little credit for waking up and smelling the coffee?

    March 15, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Paul

    I watch golf with or without Tiger appearing on the course. To ASSume that golf and the PGA Tour is ONLY Tiger is absurd, this is not meant to diminish his accomplishments of which he has many. The PGA Tour is filled with many great golfers from all around the world who continue to perform and to provide great entertainment for the viewing public. I wish Tiger all the best and do admire him for putting his family first and for trying to rebuild his relationship with his wife. Tiger come back when you’re ready!!

    March 15, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Brad

    I hope Tiger comes back at some other tournament and not The Masters. The Masters doesn't deserve the media circus that Tiger's first tournament back would bring.

    March 15, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Shawn

    @Tiffany: the PGA is desparate to get Tiger back becuase ratings suffer when he's not playing. Other golfers can't "pull thier game up" becuase, well, next to or in front of Jack Nicklaus, Tiger is arguably the best to ever play the game. Plus, everybody loves a great comeback story. Overcoming the hardships of his "sex addiction", his divorce, I'm sure he'll come back stronger and better than ever. Being the perfectionist he is, Tiger will immerse himeself in his work. He'll continue to rack up majors, increase PGA ratings, and maintain his millions of dollars in endorsemets. There really should be no surprise here. And if you were surprised at all he cheated on his wife you should ask yourself if you live in America.

    March 15, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. kf

    Tiger is a professional golfer. He should golf. We should all do what we're good at. His personal business is not our business.

    March 15, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. CASE1

    What does him having S__ with someone other than his wife have anything to do with him playing golf? Hes a great champion and makes golf exciting to watch. Plus im sure if you were rich and famous, you would take advantage of it. Why else would you want to be rich and/or famous?

    March 15, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
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