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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  1. Robert

    “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.” Sean McManus, President, CBS News and Sports

    If this is true, it's an indication of just how sad a species and culture we have become. Why do people care so much about how well someone plays a sport? Especially pathetic when that trumps personal characteristics like honor, honesty and loyalty to one's loved ones?

    To anyone planning on watching this lurid comic set piece: enjoy your media event.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  2. Elise

    Judge not if you don't want to be judged.
    The Tiger Woods story has been fodder for the
    media all over the world. OK, so Tiger isn't the squeeky clean golfer he was once thought to be. But enough is enough, Tiger will have to deal with his personal problems and does not need the nonstop press to remind the public what he did. The past is the past and cannot be undone. Let the man play GOLF. The sport he excells in and iswaiting for his return.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  3. Alan Hearn

    I am glad Tiger is playing again. The world of gold is always a little more exciting with him in the field. Did he make mistakes? Absolutely. Was his apology staged? Yes. However, it was still an apology and I accept it. Let's let the past be the past and move on to a better future in golf.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. Denbo

    Remember when the Masters stood for integrity and ethics. If this were still the case they would tell Tiger "no thank you" this year.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  5. John

    Makes perfect sense. If he plays poorly, he can blame it on the long lay-off. If he wins, it just elevates his status and adds to the mystique of the greatest golfer ever. If he simply makes the cut, he will get "E" for effort. It is a no lose situation for him.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  6. Marc W. McCord

    Golf used to be about the game, and NO player got preferrential treatment by the media. Cameras followed the top players on the leaderboard, not just some guy who had a big name. If Arnold Palmer or Jack Nicklaus was not playing well, and was not one of the top players in a particular tournament, then the cameras were not following them.

    Tiger, and it is not entirely his fault, upset that ideology. The game has become a media spectacle instead of a game of gentlemen played with an air of honor and character. I am amazed that the PGA has whored itself to allow Tiger's temper tamtrums – other players have been heavily fined or suspended because of similar (or less offensive) behavior.

    It is high time golf returned to the days when it was different from other professional sports in that it mandated gentlemanly comportment and dignity at all times rather than using one player as a revenue engine. Oh, how the almighty silver dollar shines today on the PGA tour!

    March 17, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  7. kate

    If not the Masters, then when?? The Players Championship?? The British Open?? The US Open??? There is no "less major event" when Tiger decided to return to golf! No matter what tournament he would have entered, it would have become a MAJOR event!! He shouldn't spoil things for other players??? Come on...they're suposed to be professionals, able to handle anything! Let their golfing do the talking!!

    March 17, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  8. Eric

    Of course Tiger chooses to come back to Augusta... The only course that still doesn't allow female players.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  9. Turner Rentz, III

    The fact that Woods will play Augusta only reinforces, in my mind, the legacy that Bobby Jones left to the game of golf that the game will be played impartially, and fairly – and that the focus of the Master's tournament is not the spectacle – but rather, the golf itself.

    Even more so the fact that the Master's still comes to us without commercial interruption. I have been married for a long, long time. My wife has over the years developed a taste for the Master's tournament – she enjoys it. And she has a liberal view of what a man might do would he be caught in a tailspin and off somewhere with another woman. Perhaps we should see that Tiger's wife missed her shot when she hit the iron into her husband. It doesn't mean that she, or her husband – will have some kind of deep issue that they will bring to the Masters.

    If Phil Mickelson lights it up out there, the commentary will be about the golf. Woods had better play well. This is a tournament about Golf. Woods had his penalty stroke.

    We play the ball as it lies.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  10. dan

    Here is what will happen. While playing he will be equally cheered and booed. If he loses he will be congratulated for getting back in the game with his chin up. If he wins he will again become our guy. That's it.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  11. Robert

    Well after all the tear jerking at his silly apology a few weeks ago, I understood him to think he might come back in a year or so. You mean he didn't know then? It is just another example of the Cheetah and the lies he can spin. Franky I will not bother to watch him play again, and after all the lies he has told his wife, she shouldn't bother to live with him again. An affair is an affair, but 13 of them. Was he trying to eventually play 18 holes.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  12. ladygolfan

    I think Rocco Mediate said it best: "I looked in the mirror this morning, and guess what? I'm not perfect." Tiger Woods has apologized to his wife and family, who were really the only ones he owed an apology to. Believe me, Elin will remind him every day how lucky he is she stood by him. So, let them work that out in private. Tiger may be stupid in the infidelity department, but he is still a whiz on the green. The man is arguably one of the best ever to play the game, and don't let the naysayers and self-righteous idiots fool you: they are pleased as punch that he is coming back. Have you watched golf since he's been off the circuit? What a snooze...the game needs him. Welcome back, Tiger.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  13. Joseph

    Flicka's comments fail to take in to consideration the possibility that the organizers of the Masters may have asked if not begged Tiger to come back. Everyone will be watching and the ratings will be off the charts. Tiger does not need the Masters but the Masters and the PGA need him.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  14. Joseph

    The following comment was posted by Denbo "Remember when the Masters stood for integrity and ethics. If this were still the case they would tell Tiger "no thank you" this year." What part of no female members and a long standing history of no black or minority members comprise integrity and ethics?

    March 17, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  15. ddb

    I agree with Blake...let the man play golf...who are we to judge another person, none of us are perfect. Let him and his family work out their personal problems. For us spectators, let us enjoy the game golf and how good he is at it. As for returning at the Masters, it's probably a really good choice, not hiding out as someone stated. Journalist and crowds are still there, however at the Masters there is the gentleman rule and it is enforced. I've been to the Masters before Tiger began his career and after he came on tour and if anyone is heckling the golfers, being rude or intoxicated, they are asked to leave. So if this does arise, which I doubt it will, they will be escorted out and it won't be because he is Tiger Woods and he can pull strings. I wish Tiger the best in his re-appearance at the Masters and I hope he takes another jacket!

    March 17, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
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