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. VJolie

    I am not an avid golf fan, however I will be watching the Masters just to see Tiger's return. I am very happy to hear he is coming back. I strongly believe his personal life should have never been in the media. That should be between a husband and his wife. I hope the best for Elin and Tiger. Go Tiger!

    March 16, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JM

    Great news-Cannot wait to see him return, Good for him and great for the sport. If he stays out of trouble it will be good for the kids that see him as a role model. BUT after every journalist, angry feminist, self righteous male etc have been publicly analyzing and commenting on his personal life-as if there was nothing else going on in theirs it takes courage for him to step up and out. All those that stand in judgment have not yet finished damning him.How dare he return without the approval of the great public tribunal that stands in judgment of us all. Let their howling begin.
    Please note I am not excusing what he was supposed to have done but then again where do I get the right to pass on his life. Who am I to excuse anyone and who are all those that have assigned that right to themselves. Let the howling begin, as I am sure it will and may the best man win the Masters.

    March 16, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Tom J

    This won't convince anyone that the whole past four months haven't been staged contrition. As a matter of golf, the only real goal motivating Woods–after all of his past successes–is breaking Jack's record of 18 majors. If he had missed this year's majors (including at least three on courses that he "favors"), then the impact of that on his chances to "catch Jack" would suggest something serious about his "new" self. But by returning to the first-available major, and thus pursuing his remaining golf goal, it makes the past four months–in which, with the exception of Bay Hill, he has missed a bunch of tournaments that I suspect he'd just as soon miss–look like another tightly-controlled event of no real sincerity.

    March 16, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mr. Kelly Victor Mills

    Yes and I hope he has learned his lesson about his past unconscionable behavior regarding his family or his audience may no longer be so forgiving and may wash their hands of him entirely.

    March 16, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. James what are you talking about???

    James, what are you talking about? How can Tiger Woods "hide from the truth". Tiger Woods has been living with the truth of what he has done to his family from the second he crashed his SUV. Tiger Woods does not owe you an explanation, the only explanation he owes is to his family. Why has this become a witch hunt? Please stop making this a story and allow the family to heal. All of you continuing to ask for a pound of flesh are equally responsible for the continued emotional stress that his children must endure. Tiger has caused enough damage to his family, do you really need to damage them more? Shame on you!

    March 16, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. icedawg

    I think it would have been better had he taken the year off. A few weeks in rehab does not prove that change has taken place. A person who struggles with apparently a strong addiction like this needs to change patterns and prove to themselves over time that this has occurred. The year with his family would have certainly been well spent repairing the damage that has been done. His wife probably needs counselling as well.

    March 16, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Affis

    so as you see what is the truth? We know that he a cheat and can fool just about everyone. We also know that he can play golf. So my question is "what is he hiding?" Let just leave him alone and let him play.

    March 16, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Debbie

    Whatever goes on between a husband and his wife is their business. None of yours!!
    Stop judging Tiger Woods by your standards. We've all made mistakes in our lives.
    You and I don't have to live with Tiger everyday. Let the man play golf!
    He's apologized, he's in therapy and receiving counselling for his situation.

    So you were mislead to believe that he was perfect. He's not!! Too bad, Get over it!
    Play golf Tiger...maybe one day these people will move on with their lives too!!
    This is nothing more than DRAMA!!! Win The Masters!!

    March 16, 2010 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. daniel

    It doesn't matter if it was the Masters or if he played at a local putt putt, people will still have something to say about whether he should or should not be playing. And as for Mike Walker of golf.com, If Tiger wasn't playing the 90% of the media commentary would still be about him. Don't blame Tiger for trying to get his life back on track and keeping busy. We all know the media is the root of all evil anyway. They build you up when things are good and destroy you any other time. So as far as I'm concerned, Tiger you do you! and F the media and the sponsors that dissed you. And i hope you win big at the Masters! I bet those same sponsors that kicked you to the curb will come running back then.

    March 16, 2010 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. kme

    Everybody has a right to their own opinion. One must take thyself and put themselves into the other person's shoes. Regardless if Tiger is just an idiot to have made the mistakes he has made...no one is perfect. His wife has the right to tell him to go to hell. If he repeats the offense...sue him for divorce and drop him like a bomb. Whether it be the Masters or the Sea Pines Open...give the guy a break. If he can apply some first aid to his damage, allow him the space to do so. On any account, no...most definitely I would never accept his apologies...but to work at salvaging his life, his family, and his soul.

    March 16, 2010 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Andrew

    Seriously? Who cares? All his issues are between him and his wife. If he wants to play golf again so be it.

    March 16, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dave from Maryland

    I knew when Tiger announced he was taking an 'indefinite' break from golf to work on his personal issues, that he'd be 'cured' & back in time for the Masters. He hasn't learned a thing. All he cares about is Tiger. He couldn't possibly have anything more important than a chance to put another notch in his belt. Even if he goes on to win the next 50 majors, he'll never pass Jack as the greatest golfer of all time. Character does matter.

    March 16, 2010 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. akinpelu

    is anybody really cares ? he hurts nobody but himself and his family .Anyways, whatever
    decision he makes either he plays or not i wish him good luck

    March 16, 2010 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Deb

    As a woman who disapproves of Tiger's behavior as a husband, I still say it's nobody's business when he returns to golf. No one has the right to harass him in his place of business about something he screwed up in his personal life. If anything, returning at Agusta where he can have some privacy makes sense because it's less of a spectacle, and it'll be less of a distraction for the other golfers.

    March 16, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. AB

    I was always in the seeming minority who disliked Tiger Woods all along. I found him whiny and arrogant and I hated the fact that a golf tournament was all Tiger all the time and the other players got barely a mention whereas if Tiger so much as scratched his nose the broadcast had to immediately cut to him. Now that he's - if you believe for a minute that HE even believed his scripted PR-language "apology" for a minute - confessed that his arrogance also means he thinks he can have anything he wants any time he wants it, I have to say that I will NOT be watching the Master's, simply because he IS in it. Too bad, because it's a great tournament. I just won't be able to stomach the "we must all worship at the altar of Tiger Woods" garbage, let alone the fact that so many people (read: men) are actually cheering this jerk on for what he did!!!!!

    March 16, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
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