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. john

    he's a scumbag and should not be allowed to play golf again

    March 17, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mike

    Wow he made a mistake move on. You have Ben R. in Pitt accused of much worse twice. Don't see the press trying their best to ruin his life. Mike V. fights dog, the way the media potrayed him thought it was murder. Change the sceniro, Tiger accused of forcing himself on a women he would be banned from golf. I stand behind Tiger 110%.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  3. Richard Backwell

    Without doubt this now becomes the mega event of the year. For the sake of the game I hope he shows humility and respect for the game and fans in the tradition of the greats like Palmer, Nicklaus, Player and Watson.
    So far, apart from his obvious technical skills he has not come close with his club throwing, bad language and hissy fits.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  4. Depley

    It has always been about Tiger. This is no different. We are supposed to think that he has been on this big hiatus when in reality it turns out that he misses 3 at most 4 tournaments that he would have otherwise played in. Sorry Tiger, but you are nothing but a self serving chicken for using the greatest golf tournament in this way. I hope you miss the cut.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. Sheri

    In my opinion, the man hasn't done anything more than the prior president of the United States did! I am not saying he was right by being with the other women but that was between he and his family and had nothing to do with being an awesome golf pro! The media needs to get a life of their own and I promise you the ones trying to crucify him have done the same things themselves! I just feel like he has gotten a raw deal, job wise, because his affairs had NOTHING to do with his performance of his career. He has to fix things with his wife and his family and the outsiders need to get out of it and go on with their life!

    March 17, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  6. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

    Tiger knew three weeks ago that he'd return at Augusta. Augusta National Golf Club (ANGC) is the most controlled environment in golf. It couldn't be any more perfect for Tiger. The club's TV deal with CBS is unlike any other in television. While most networks acquire broadcast rights for events like the Olympics and then sell ad time, CBS has no such right with ANGC. ANGC owns and controls everything because they've paid CBS for every hour you watch of the Masters, which is why you never see "regular" commercials.

    The club and the course can be likened to a majestic fortress. When Martha Burke attempted to protest the club's long stand men-only member policy, she was completely shut out of the event. You didn't see one sign of support or protest on the course from attendees. That's because standing on the grounds of Augusta is pleasure like no other but also a realization that one wrong move or outburst and you're yanked up and tossed out the gate. Another point to make about ANGC's power is that during the Martha situation, the club announced that it had dropped all of it's sponsors in order to spare the brands involved (Coke and IBM) the ordeal of negative publicity. The reality is that Coke and IBM were actually "silent" sponsors of the event that year. Both companies still contributed to the club either monetarily or with in-kind services. In exchange, both companies had unmarked corporate hospitality placement for their respective guests. Everything was kept quiet and both companies "played along."

    This is the extent of Augusta National's "control" and for a man so reliant on control, Tiger has made the right choice to return.

    Don't be surprised if he takes a long break from play (win or lose) after he plays in the Masters.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  7. Becky

    Looks like he hasn't changed a bit. Still self centered with no respect for the game – he will turn the Masters into a circus but what does he care?

    March 17, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  8. Sybaris

    It is amazing but not unexpected that in this Judeo/Christian country a person who has a sexual addiction or exhibits promiscuous behavior is publicly raked over the coals but if they have a substance addiction sympathy oozes from every public pore.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  9. Craig

    WHO CARES? WHO CARES? WHO CARES? WHO CARES? WHO CARES? WHO CARES? WHO CARES? WHO CARES? WHO CARES? WHO CARES? WHO CARES? WHO CARES?

    March 17, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  10. Ryan

    If golf is truly a gentleman's game, it would be nice to see the Master's reject his bid to return during the championship. If cheating and dishonesty is abhorred on the course why shouldnt he be held to the same standards off the course? It would be nice to see the Master's take a stand and reject his attempt to return during the tournament. The Master's is the only golf course in America that would be able to absorb the potential lost revenue and at the same time make Tiger regret his actions and take accountability for his mistakes.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  11. Bill Monroe USMC

    There are over 170,000 men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan securing America's freedom. The American public has no knowledge of their day to day progress because there is very little news coverage. Yet we hear 24/7 about Tiger Woods and his problem with infidelity. Has CNN become a gossip column??

    March 17, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  12. Allen

    Let him play. Many, many, many other athletes, stars, celebrities, politicians, average citizens make the same bad choices. He has and will deal with the consequences. His playing golf will not end the world. He did not commit a felony such as say hurting a player in order to win. Time to move on and just let Tiger deal with the challenges from his family.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jim

    I want to know more about Tiger's drug use. All of the news media are covering his infidelity, that is a personal issue.

    But, if he was using HGH, then the titles he holds need to be in question.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  14. john

    Wake up people! His return at the masters is all about tv and his and his sponsors revenue! It is not hard to figure out.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  15. Ray

    I never liked Woods so I wont be watching.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
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