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. Larry

    I thought this year watching the Masters was going to be a great event without all the focus on Tiger Woods; we would actually get to see and hear about the other Gentlemen golfers, well that's not going to happen. Guess I'll go play golf instead of being forced to watch and hear about poor Tiger.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. JoanieMarie

    I agree with Blake 100000 %
    Leave the man alone and let him get on with his life.
    He is not the first man to cheat on his wife and certianly not the last.
    The man has suffered enough.
    God bless you Tiger and I will keep praying for you and your family.
    Love JoanieMarie.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. Aaron

    NO.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  4. John

    I so wish I could go to the Maters and whenever Woods is putting, I would be in the front row with my back turned. The man is a hypocrite and a liar. He doesn't deserve our loyalty. We didn't get his. But knowing the idiots in this country, they will forgive and forget.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  5. Alicia Hall

    I agree with Blake. Let the man play Golf! It is his job and probably the only thing that could be good for him at this point. He made a big mistake which he will be paying for publicly and privately for the rest of his life. There is no need to add pain to injury because the damage is done. He will have to live this shame on himself and his family. All of the money in the world will not change it. I will not continue to pass judgement because nobody is perfect. My prayers are for his family and that they can move on beyond this mess.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  6. Nancy

    Why does CNN give Tiger Woods all this publicity? He was knowingly unfaithful and probably still would be if he didn't get caught. The theropy was a joke.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  7. Kay

    I agree with Blake. Let the man play golf. Golf was his career choice in life and he is undeniably good at golf. How many of us know people that have cheated on their spouse or significant other, or, have cheated yourself? Do we expect that everyone who gets caught cheating should be removed from their career choice? While I do understand that Tiger is a role model for our children, unfortunately, there are many children who are exposed to the same things in their very own homes. Tiger is an athlete and celebrity, but, he is also human. Human beings make mistakes. We learn from our mistakes and move on. Why should he not be afforded the same right to move on. His infidelity is between him, his wife, and their God. The rest of us need to focus on our own little lives and do the best we can in this life.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  8. bc

    Who cares? Only the media is worried about him coming back. The golfers want him back for the money he brings in. The average person could care less. Why is this still news months later?

    March 17, 2010 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  9. Summers

    See Black, that is where you are wrong. Tiger Woods decided a long time ago that he was going to be a public figure, and, be paid very well for that. He has sponsors that have paid him millions over the years for his "perceived" all american persona. Fans have also bought into the image and purchased many items that he sponsored also giving him more money. For you to say that this is a personal matter is ridiculous. When you are paid to be a public figure, you are just that. Public. Tiger Woods is a pitiful excuse as a role model for our aspiring young golfers and to women. This whole spectacle makes me sick. This has nothing to do with people feeling better about making negative comments about someone yet. But more to do with people not willing to accept his decisions that he has made while he is a public figure.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  10. D

    If you think this is not the PERFECT place for a return you are clueless. Seriously, absolutely clueless. What better place than a tournament that has a media LOCKDOWN? If there is ever a place that will not be a circus OR a distraction to anyone else it is AUGUSTA. If the players are distracted, that is THEIR fault and FAILURE as a professional. Then, the players can thank him for giving them careers again b/c no Tiger ='s no ratings, no ratings ='s less sponsor money, less sponser money ='s less tournaments, less tournaments ='s less money and opportunity for the field. It is quite simple. Tiger Woods is an economy all to himself if you cannot comprehend that, I feel bad for you.
    On top of that, Tiger Woods is an athlete, he is dealing with family at HOME and dealing with his career on THE GOLF COURSE.
    You self-righteous hypocrite moral cops make me sick.
    (btw, clearly you are missing the irony of people talking about Augusta with such reverance considering it has a long long histroy of racism, sexism, and elitism)

    March 17, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  11. CB

    If he wants to play, then he should play. Like Blake said, 'athletes have done much worse and been less condemned'. Look @ Jordan. Like Tiger, the man started a brand and caused such a sensation. People put him up on such a high pedestal and the man was unfaithful. And look. He's listed as one of the highest paid divorce settlements among celebrities/athletes! The public eventually forgave. They may not forget but they forgave. This is sports we're talking about. Athletes have roided up, beaten on their wives and shot themselves or others and you think they get as much press as someone who cheated on his wife?

    March 17, 2010 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  12. philip boutwell

    Right on ,Tiger- it's all about you! Draw attention to yourself by opening up at the best golf tournament in the world. Show yourself up , Tiger!
    perhaps you wil win the tournament, but will you really win- in the long run?
    Odds are against you for what you did -over and over again!

    March 17, 2010 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  13. Wayne

    Tiger Woods is the greatest golfer in the game and accordingly should be at the greatest golf tournament in the world, the Masters. Has he been a morally bankrupt individual for years, absolutely! So? What does that have to do with his ability to play golf? Nothing! His personal life should be left for him and his family to sort out on their own and the rest of us should just watch and appreciate him for what he is; a flawed individual who happens to be the greatest golfer of all time. I had already planned and booked my trip to Augusta, my first, and I am glad that the greatest golfer will be there.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  14. HANS

    DID NOT O. J. COME BACK TO PLAY GOLF ?

    March 17, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  15. Dave

    What would the olympics be like if the best atheletes weren't there? Or Wimbledon without Federer? Isn't it the point to have a golf tournament to see who is the best at golf? So shouldn;t the best golfer in the world be there? He is famous for playing golf...not for being a wholsome person...so let him play.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
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