March 16th, 2010
05:59 PM ET

Is the Masters the right venue for Tiger's return?

Tiger Woods announced this morning that he’d make his return to golf at the Masters in April. Woods has been away from the tour since he crashed his vehicle into a fire hydrant and then a tree near his home late last year.

Joe Posnanski, writing for Golf.com, says Woods’ planned return at the Masters “was the only logical choice.”

“Tiger Woods will play the Masters. Well, of course he will. The story had to end up at the Masters. There were people who thought that he might play Arnold Palmer's tournament at Bay Hill next week or he might wait until later in the year to enter a tournament,” he writes. 

Mike Walker of Golf.com disagrees, arguing Tiger’s return is “too much, too soon.”

“Without question, Woods at Augusta will be must-see TV, but it comes with strings attached. For every hour of the tournament on television, showing the world's best player against those snow-white bunkers and pink-and-violet azaleas, we'll get another 20 hours of commentary on MSESPNBCNNBS, thousands of tweets, a dozen New York Post covers and maybe another Howard Stern beauty pageant.”

Whatever the case, Richard Deitsch, who writes a media column for SI.com, says the Masters will be riveting television.

He quotes CBS News and Sports President Sean McManus - whose network will be televising the Masters - as saying that “the first tournament Tiger Woods plays again, wherever it is, will be the biggest media event other than the Obama inauguration in the past 10 or 15 years.”

Golf.com has more reaction from across the golfing world to the Woods announcement.

And watch Damon Hack of Sports Illustrated discuss Tiger's expected return.


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soundoff (229 Responses)
  1. James

    The Masters is the perfect place for someone like Tiger. In Augusta, he can hide from journalists and he can avoid any encounter with the public. In Augusta, he can continue to hide behind every excuse as to why he made bad decisions over and over again. At the Masters, he can continue to avoid accountability for damaging his family and all of those who work for him. In Augusta, the grass will be green, the flowers blooming and Tiger can continue to hide from the truth; and the media will let him!

    March 16, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Flicka

    Woods returning to golf at the masters is narcissistic self-service at its best. He will be a distraction whenever he comes back, but out of respect for the game (something that might be new to him – showing respect for something or someone other than himself – he should come back at a less major event and not spoil things for the other players. It's not like he needs the money. . .

    March 16, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Blake

    Let the man play golf. Nobody is perfect, he made some mistakes in judgment but his mistakes didn't hurt anybody but himself and his family. It is a personal matter that he's going through and it seems that everybody pointing their fingers seem to feed on negative publicity, adding fuel to the fire. What is the point? Is your life so bad you have to constantly find people "worse" than you in order to make yourself feel better about yourselves? Many athletes have done much worse and been less condemned. I say again, let the man play golf.

    March 16, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Michelle

    With everything else that's going on in the world, Who cares?

    March 16, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cynthia

    I say let the man play golf. Who are we to point the finger at anyone as if we never done anything wrong. Yes Tiger made some bad choices, but they were his to make and he has to deal with the consequences behind it. I personally am glad he's returning to golf, because he makes the game exciting. Most of his critics probably don't watch golf anyway, but I hope you join me in watching the Masters this year, you'll fall in love with Tiger all over again. Go TIGER!!!

    March 16, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Gideon Mijares

    For people with a fault finding attitude and holier than thou mentality, there is no right move for Tiger. If he does a press con on a monday, or friday, or any given day... to these scenics it's selfish. Whether he plays first in a major or non-major, again nothing is right. Why don't you just let him be. Everybody needs a second chance, besides you are no better than him to begin with.

    March 16, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. StopNonsense

    He made mistakes that did not do him, his sponsors, his family, his mistresses, his fans, and the game of golf any good. He's made his amends with his wife and himself. His mistresses will address their issues in the media. His sponsors will do what they like. His fans have short memory and will forgive him. TW is a great golfer and will return to his old form. End of story. TW is getting on with his life and everyone else should get on with their lives and move forward to more important events that truly affect everyone. Be it Healthcare being sneaked past us in the dark cloakrooms of Congress or Irish terrorists.

    March 16, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Patrick

    Tiger may have been born or groomed into the worlds greatest golfer. I don’t know Tiger personal however it appears he was not born with Integrity, you either have or you don’t. I get the womanizing at his age and can understand the challenges of dealing with significant success. His integrity rears its true face in how he projected himself upon all of us. No amount of cash can by respect.

    March 16, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. kps

    Of course he will play Augusta...its fitting that someone who does not respect women – your first public tournament since admitting to having numerous affairs and cheating on your wife and kids, of course he would play at a course that still bars women from joining as a member. Has he not learned anything about resepecting women?? Nice move Tiger.

    March 16, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Pamela

    I could not care less if Tiger ever picks up another golf club. He is a complete and utter disgrace to his family and anyone with any morals or ethics.

    March 16, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. cbc2009

    Is he really more important than health care, wars, unemployment. etc.? My gosh, let the story go, itt has run ad nauseam. Is this going to be the top news item for the next month? Talk about priorities, I am not sure whose are more screwed up, Tigers or the media. Will everyone get over him in time for the discussion as to whether Favre will play next year? There is no end to the trite and the trivial!

    March 16, 2010 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Earl

    So....let me get this straight, James and Flicka want Tiger to bow down and confess all his sins on TV because he fell off the pedestal the public and the media put him on! Oh puhleeze! The only person he has to beg, beg, beg is Elin. She's the victim. No one else.

    March 16, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bob

    "let the man play golf" ? What man? He disgraced that identity.

    March 16, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Xavier N

    As the vast majority of Tiger's earnings come from endorsements and not from tournaments, the question as to whether Tiger should return in time for the Masters is primarily a business decision. Ask yourself, what is the best, most effective way to get back all or most of those endorsements? I would argue that it is by having the public and the media clamoring for Tiger's return. That hasn't yet happened. But if Tiger had chosen to forgo the Masters, all of the fans and the TV announcers would have been asking – begging – for Tiger to return.

    Barring injury, Tiger is surely and easily going to surpass Jack's 18 major wins. He didn't need this Masters tournament to break the record. He needed us to need him.Further, by missing a major, those who are still angry at Tiger would have felt as though he had "paid a penalty" and would have been more apt to forgive him.

    March 16, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bob Martin

    Great for the game...he is without a doubt the Best in the last 20 years and a great asset to the sport....he also has scared the sport as far as the clean image...and certainly his own image...family man and everything else that has been said and printed and shown around the world.....it will be interesting to see how the fans will react and how the results of his game will turn out...time will tell...I guarntee you one thing...his caddy will not control everything and everyone!!

    March 16, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
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