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. rodster13

    I agree with Blake...Tiger definitely made some bad decisions, but who hasn't? I'm so sick of everyone judging everyone else...take good hard look at yourself...EVERYONE screws up or has something they're hiding...let the man play golf & let God decide what's right & wrong!!!

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

    I still cannot believe people think he shouldn't resume his golf career b/c he cheated on his wife. Pretty ironic considering the history of golf and their historical emphasis on racism, sexism, elitisim, etc etc. I just hope you are sterilized.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. HR

    Woods is an insincere, arrogant, sexual deviant and should be barred from golf – the Masters is a "GENTLEMANLY" gamne of golf and there is no room for this human disgrace.
    Woods should crawl back into his hole and stay there.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. vittorio

    I like you phrase, Blake: I say again, let the man play golf.
    That's so true. We al make mistakes, what makes us bigger is the way to handle them and to grow from there. Let this guy play, he was born for that. And whoever knows golf, enjoys his way very much.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  5. N. Carolina

    Let the man play golf!!!! Yes what he did was bad because he was MARRIED. There are TONS of single men doing worse and with MORE women, yet we claim to RESPECT those men. Yes marriage is a sacred and divine relationship/entity. However, the behavior of many MEN in general have been along these lines for centuries. Not to say that it is right, but there is NO need to make Tiger seem like he is the worst of the worst, when in fact he is just the one that "got caught".

    March 17, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  6. Golfer

    Who cares and why is this news? The media has too many repoters and not enoght to report on. He should be like a few other pros and never speak to the media again. Get his check after a match, smile for the cameras, say thanks to the sponsers, and walk away.
    I will never be a Tiger fan again, not because he was seeing other women. Because he has been such a jerk about it. Going to rehab, giive me a break! Why do the rich run to rehab, so the public will fell sorry for them? It's not their fault they have a medical condition. Play golf and shut up. Yes he is going to hear about it. When someone screws up where I work, they get razzed. There is going to be a whole new meaning to some of the common saying that fans yell when a golfer hits a shot.
    But there is a bright side, his golf should improve. How could he even think about golf with that many girl friends, a wife, and his secerets.
    One last though, why wasn't his crazy wife charged with attacking him with a golf club? She should be the one in anger managament. Next time it might be a gun. If the husband of a LPGA golfer attacked her car with a golf club, he still be in jail waiting trial. One doen't know what goes on behind closed doors and what caused him to seek out other women.

    March 17, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  7. Posey

    He who has not sinned cast the first stone. Give yourself a billion dollars and change your life style and lets she how you deal with temptation and roots of evil. Play on Tiger and enjoy the game.

    March 17, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  8. CB

    I'm happy to see Woods' return to golf is at the Masters and NOT at Arnold Palmer's tournament. Palmer is a living legend in the game of golf with the utmost integrity. Tiger's return will bring with it an element of tabloid sensationalism. Out of respect for Palmer, returning at the Masters is best.

    March 17, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  9. EddyL

    We can bet that no matter who is winning or playing well, all the commentary and coverage will be WOODS.... It's disgusting. I hope he gets heckled at every tee.

    March 17, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  10. Brian

    Lame...I just dont understand some of you people.

    Golf is Tiger's profession and you feel as though he should never play golf again? or you hate him now for a mistake that millions and millions of other Americans do every day?

    So while some of you say that he should never come back to golf, are you guys ok with Kobe Bryant coming back to basketball after the sex scandal (cheated on his wife) in Colorado? Should he not play basketball ever again? And why do players like Ben Rothlisberger who now allegedly sexually assaulted two women in the last two years continue to play football? Do you share the same hate for him as well? Or how about Braylon Edwards, who after driving under the influence killed a man with his vehicle continue to play football and make millions of dollars? Are you ok with him and that situation? If you met a complete stranger who works in an office setting and you found out he cheated on his spouse, should he not continue to work at his job? Should he start an entirely whole new career because of his infidelity?

    I dont get some of you...some of you choose Tiger to bash on because he's an easy target for some of you...

    March 17, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  11. Annette Melhado

    People this is a private matter between Woods and his wife! the man did not kill anyone....enough already...let him get back to doing his job....playing golf...nobody will be forced to watch...Tiger haters back off.....

    March 17, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  12. Willie12345

    Golf is just a game and nothing more. We can choose who will be our sports heroes. Is Tiger worthy of that praise? I don't think so. The PGA knows that he draws fans, so they will support him as long as he brings in money. Tiger is neither worthy of our praise or condemnation. But, to support him as a sports hero seems to reveal who we really are. We value sports and entertainment more than we value ethics,

    March 17, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  13. JJ

    He should not be allowed to play golf ?? As far as I am concerned he has not committed a crime.He got carried away.How many of you would not do what he did as a young guy where women going after him for whatever reasons.I bet you 99.9 percentage of men would do what he did.You think he is the only one.Simple the others are not caught.Let the man play.
    Those who hate him or want to put him down "STAY AWAY FROM HIM " BUT LET US WHO HAVE ENJOYED HIS GAME WATCH HIM PEACEFULLY.

    March 17, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  14. JIm

    He's taking the cowards way out! Avoiding the public and the media. Come on Tiger, be a man. If you want the accolades from the public and corporations, face the scrutiny. Not just lawyer written statements in chosen company

    March 17, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  15. Mr. Robertson

    It amazes me how engrossed some people are in the lives of a complete stranger. I can almost guarantee there isn't a single person on this blog that has ever met Mr. Woods, yet you feel it necessary to continue to condemn the man for "personal" transgressions as though he is your brother, cousin or child. To say a man can't pursue his career because he cheated on his wife is pretty ignorant. By the way, my neighbor (a dentist) cheated on her husband. I guess she should lose her job too. How silly does that sound.

    March 17, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
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