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. BUTCH

    Like it or not, Tiger is the ratings for the PGA on television. As far as his personal life goes and the people that criticize him for his personal life. "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone." The critics should hope that people will forgive them for the skeletons in their closets.

    March 15, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ksl

    I love playing golf but I normally don't watch golf coverage unless Tiger is playing.

    s.l.o. What's to forgive and forget ?

    March 15, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dean

    I agree with Steve, most of you are missing the point. Yes, it IS his personal life, and the only person he owes an apology too, is the game of golf for disparaging it, like it or not, golf is a gentlemen's game, not the NHL or NFL or NBA where this type of image is a norm, in golf it is not. Second he owes his wife a apology, as any man that makes a commitment in marriage would and that is his personal privacy to deal with and her's, third, he owes the companies that hung there image on his, an apology. The bottom line is had Tiger been forthright and come out immediatley, rather than to go into hiding and dealt with this the witch hunt would have not been as severe, but to have the ego he has demonstrated and done it all on his terms, he deserves the tarnished image he has been given. Golf has grown faster and bigger than any other sport over the years, Tiger is not bigger than the game, the game has more stars, that are better than he is coming up from that ranks, and yes, much of that is because he brought attention to the game, by his accomplishments, and for that he has been compensated well. A bit over a billion dollars. From this point on, he is no longer a headliner, and his legacy to the game will always have a foot note. Jack Nicholas or Arnold Palmer his isn't.

    March 15, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mike

    who cares? maybe it would be best if he took his millions and attitude and
    just retired.Why ruin whatever tournament he enters for the other golfers
    who undoubtedly will have to endure the boos and taunts hurled at him

    March 15, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dean

    Thank you LO, but most of us already watched the greatest of ALL time. His name was Jack Nicholas, check the stats. The last time I checked, he was still behind the stats. And even if by some chance he is able to attain more majors, he will never be the statesman that the one's that build the GAME are today. For ex: Jack and Arnie. Oh how we rush to hang the crown of the next latest and greatest, and then they become the fallen kings.

    March 15, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Chad

    Why is Tiger the light of the PGA? Have you ever seen him play? He is one of, if not the, best players to ever play the game. People love watching the best at what they do. Plain and simple. That's what Tiger is.

    March 15, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. RickInPA

    I disagree with the first poster...there are other stars on the radar: Villegas, A. Kim, Stricker....but Tiger has been the best and most exciting, and now we have controversy in the mix making his return more compelling. It's all about ratings.

    March 15, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Steve R

    we obviously have a lot of non golfers posting here that wouldn't even care about golf if tiger wasn't involved, and they are the most critical. Longtime players know how special an athlete he is and how he can do things no other golfer can, and as golfer we want to see more. Sure he's a spoiled egotistical philanderer, not unlike most pro athletes, but his game is so much better that players want to see more, and soon. Those that are judging him by the numbers of girls he bagged aren't fans of sport, only tabloid gossip, and he owes none of us an apology, because he was sold by IMG as most are. They should apologize to him for making the mess worse and preventing him from full disclosure sooner. He'll come back rested with a vengeance. I predict an average 2010 season, 1 major and 3 other wins. Then, when all the cattle have stopped baying about the sex, 2011 will be the year he wins the true grand slam..and then retires. Those that expect moral guidance from pro athletes and then complain when they prove they are human are clueless close-minded and on this blog often racist. Rothlesberger has a list of girls he's bagged that are paid off, Jordan cheated for years and Babe Ruth was a drunk who contracted syphilis 6 times while a Yankee, but the new world of press immersion has made woods the worst of ALL..NONSENSE.He'll go down in history as the greatest athlete off all time, and flawed as well like all homo sapiens. COME BACK TIGER for the GOLFERS who love watching you play and forget about the catty housewives and racists judging you. WE LOVE YOUR GAME AND INTENSITY

    March 15, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cantchip

    Lucky for him he was not married to Lorena Bobbitt!

    March 15, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ron

    He may continue to be the best Golf player in the history of the game; but he will never again be the man we believed him to be.

    He could have been a great man that happened to be the best golfer in the world. At best, he will be the best golfer in the world, but a mere shadow of the man we believed him to be.

    Good luck Tiger

    March 15, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bob

    Recognizing that Tiger was a great golfer, his not playing doesn't stop me from watching the game I like. Those people who say watching golf is like watching paint dry never played the game and if they did they stink. At my age i have seen the greatest of golfers come and go. You know what the game still goes on will continue to do so with or without Tiger.

    March 15, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jim

    I don't think it's an issue of people judging him, so much as emotions tied to vaues that are evoked by the prospect of someone of his character being on the Tour. Is he one of the best that's ever played the game? Yes. Does his presence enhance ratings and revenue? Yes. Of primacy here appears to be ... by having Tiger back on the Tour, what message does the PGA send to the general public and the other Gentlemen playing on the Tour? This 'feels' to me like an age-old question of Money versus Integrity.

    March 15, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mary

    I with Dale. Those passing judgment on Tiger's personal life shoud be careful not to throw stones because we all live in glass houses. Look back to when the pundits and Republicans fried President Clinton. Many of those same ones had skelton's in their closets,
    • Besides Sanford that came out today, here's just a partial list of Republicans in Congress admitting to or caught committing adultery. The party of family values, indeed!
    • John Ensign, Nevada Republican Senator
    • John McCain, Arizona Republican Senator was still married to first wife when he took up with the current Mrs. McCain.
    • Newt Gingrich, Republican Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
    • Vic Fossella, Republican member of Congress from New York City
    • Larry Craig (same sex encounters)
    • Mark Sanford, Republican Governor of North Carolina

    And many more on both sides of the aisle (e.g., John Edwards, former Democratic candidate for president)

    March 15, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. MATT

    i welcome his return, especially because he has done more for the game than anyone else ever can/ could do.

    for all those who judge him based on his personal life and wish for him not to return...

    a. how would you feel if you were fired from your job based on your home (private) life

    b. dont watch golf, dont buy nike, dont participate in anything associated with that that is "tiger" period. ever think your selfish behavior takes away from other's enjoyment? you people make me sick

    March 15, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. skywalker21

    I too enjoyed watching Ernie win again after a seven year drought, but let us not get confused here or try to downplay reality. The tour without Tiger is like being satisfied watching college football/basketball instead of the NFL/NBA for the rest of your life and saying that you have no problem doing so because it’s the same game.

    Be honest Jeff (and all other similarly situated haters). You despise Tiger Woods’ dominance over the game, as well as the unparalleled success he has achieved in becoming the world’s best. If that is not the reason, then you are simply delusional.

    By the tone of your comment, Woods’ dominance likely also makes you feel a bit inferior. Hence, you get more pleasure watching golf now (and relishing yesteryear) with the absence of his “b-- a–!”

    Feed the beast while you can because your days are numbered!

    March 15, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
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