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. Rob McGregor

    Tiger Woods is a stench in the nostrils of decent men. His presence is no longer needed on any golf course in the public eye.

    As for Blake's comment that it is only a personal matter. If you set no community standards of decency then you will have none and there will be no civilization

    March 17, 2010 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. Pete

    Tiger who?

    March 17, 2010 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. PJ

    Looking forward to his return. I hope people mind their own business and let Tiger and his wife work out their problems. They have nothing to do with anyone else. Welcome back Tiger!! He is still the best.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mark

    Directed to James: I recall Tiger coming on National Television and admitting to the world that he cheated on his wife, apoloized for his transgressions, told the world he knows he let us down, etc., etc., etc. How can he be hiding from the truth when he went on the world spotlight to admit and apologize? Nobody else on this planet has to go on TV to apologize for their mistakes. I think it took a helluva man to do so. YES, he made mistakes, but haven't we all?

    Let the man play golf and I guarantee he got permission from Elin that it was ok to return. We support you Tiger, go kick some butt on the course and in life.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  5. John

    Blake, you said it well. Seems like everyone is so hung up on Tiger's personal matter but they forget that he is human with flaws. Just because he endorses products doesn't make him a role model...he is doing it for the money like any business savvy person would do. Like with everything else, there are consequences for one's actions and he is paying for it–not only financially but trust-wise as well. There is no question that those who continue to condemn Tiger's transgressions probably have some skeletons to hide in their respective closets. So stop minding Tiger's personal matter and take care of your own like he is doing. Focus on the man's athletic abilities, which he became famous for...he did not become famous to lead a squeaky clean life.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  6. Great News

    I'm very happy to hear he is returning to the sport he loves so much. Hopefully he will get his personal life together. Get over the fact that he cheated, his wife will deal with him on those issues. This should be a lesson to all women who think dating a married man will work out. It doesn't. They were wrong in putting their trust in him. If he hurt and embarressed Elin and the kids, why do they think he would spare thier feelings. Move on!

    March 17, 2010 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  7. john

    Tiger didn't do anything to Golf why shouldn't he play? What happened with tiger is a personal matter between him and his wife. Its a dead issue, his wife is already living back with him working it out. I hope tiger comes back and kicks some serious butt

    March 17, 2010 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mark

    The game of Golf needs Tiger back.....and NOW!! As much as I believe that there are other great golfers out there, the fact remains that most of them will not get the same exposure if it weren't for Tiger being in the game. People that come to watch him will also be treated to other great players. The longer Tiger stays out the more Golf and other Golfers take a hit in the pocket book and interest in the game.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  9. kf

    Tiger is a professional golfer. He should golf for the public's enjoyment as well as his own. The Master's is the right place for a PRO.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  10. Roy

    I could care less if he ever comes back!

    March 17, 2010 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  11. Scarf

    The Masters is the best spot to jump back in from a buffer standpoint as it is clearly the most protected and sheltering environment in golf. Like many of his fellow tour pros, I guessed he would tune up at Palmer's event. I also thought he would not return until after his divorce from Elin was final but she is hanging in there which will ultimately prove to be a big mistake. Sex tigers never change their strips with or without "therapy". Ain't gonna happen.

    I'll be watching whenever Tiger plays since he has been the best but there will now be the "Tyson tinge". I used to watch Tyson fights later in his career to see if he would do any more body part munching. With the lyin' cheetah, there is the circus and paparazzi that will henceforth always be his companion.

    And for those out there with "ostrichitis” that “tiger’s issues should be only between him and his family” don’t seem to get that Tiger carefully crafted his image for big money at many others expense. That is a big difference and the reason he owes his fans a much better explanation than scripted press conferences or prepared statements screened by former White House press secretaries.

    I’ll continue to follow Woods but this much is an absolute certainty. He will never attain the level of respect that Nicklaus enjoys or that of most of the greats who have perpetuated the class and integrity that separates golf from any other sport.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  12. Scott

    I can't believe what I'm reading. The only useful post was from Blake. Before you all come down on someone for making mistakes you should take a look in the mirror, what gives you the right to sit in judgement of someone else. What happened with Tiger is a PRIVATE matter. If this had been anyone else you would have never head anything about it and if you did it would have been forgotten. The man plays golf, the man should continue to play golf and he has the right to return at any event he sees fit. The sooner he starts playing the sooner we can get past all this stuff and get on with the game and life. As Blake said, LET THE MAN PLAY GOLF

    March 17, 2010 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  13. annie

    Blake! at 7.16am. You said everything I am thinking. Enough already people! We did not elect him as any governing body. Geez! He is simply a man who has an extraordinary talent for hitting a tiny ball. He entertains on a golf course, not in the halls of power. Be glad then all you who sit in moral judgment, if no-one other than your circle of family and friends knows you. For its my guess that if your closet was laid bare, we'd find all manner of reasons, concerning you, to throw that rope over a beam.

    Play your game Tiger. And I hope you and your family sort out what is best for all of you.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  14. Charles Pearce

    Who cares? Haven't we heard enough of this garbage, There are more important things to think about then whether Tiger Woods is going to play golf again. We have wars being fought on two fronts and we have to read all this pap.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  15. MamaBoats

    Why the devil does Tiger Wood's private life have to do with the Masters? It is none of my business and none of everyone else's. It amazes me in this country how we manage, through the media, to mind everyone's business but our own. Why don't we let Tiger and his wife manage his life and he can manage his career and we can all move on.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
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