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. pattis

    I can't believe that we can forgive that easily, it's money. Media is something else, it's a joke. Money is what makes the world go around and if an individual who seemed to screw ever thing in front of him, it just disrespects those that are faithful. Morals are no more, they don't exist or they just don't comment. (The word scruples or scruple can mean: scruple – a doubt or hesitation that troubles the conscience or that comes from the difficulty of determining whether something is right.) Many are faithful and this man, it's like Mike Vick he plays good and brings money in.

    March 16, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Blair

    I agree with post by Blake. What Tiger did or didn't do in his personal life is his business and his family. It is not ours to judge and jury the man. How many of those condemning him have done the same thing but sure wouldn't want their dirty laundry aired in public.

    The fact remains he is an outstanding athlete. The fact remains he draws the crowds and the viewers because he plays exceptional golf.

    I welcome him coming back and look forward to seeing him play. I wish him luck because the media will make this a circus, when it should only be about golf.

    March 16, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sean

    Who cares? Calling someone who plays golf the worlds greatest athlete is an insult to athletes everywhere.
    The idea that this numbskull is interesting and will draw an audience comparable to Obamas inauguration is nothing short of disgusting. Sadly, I do not doubt that it might be true. Milli Vanilli sold lots of albums – that did not make them good or real.
    I don't care that the guy is a pig and a pervert and, like most people, I don't care the least bit about golf. I can imagine that whacking a ball around with a stick could be fun, but no one with any sense should waste time watching others do the same.
    As for hiding from the press – Tiger has shown to be less than bright and most uninteresting and it is nothing new for him to dodge the press. If he were to engage them then the public would realize what a loser they have been following all these years. Now at least he has a reason to pretend that he is not a public figure.
    So let the guy play golf, as far as we know he doesn't host dog fights or shoot steroids or tie people up and make them listen to Don Johnsons album, but lets not pretend that he or golf are important or exciting.

    March 16, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jackie

    Thank you Blake for posting an intelligent response. Of course he should return to golf.
    Whatever he has done in his personal life should be just that – personal. He is in the process of mending fences with his wife and family, and I wish him the very best in that endeavor. What on earth is James talking about 'at the Masters he can continue to avoid accountability for damaging his family ...' ? Is he accountable to you, James? I don't feel he is accountable to me, but to his wife and family and those close to him in his daily life. And, he seems to be working things out with those people. So, you and others like you need to butt out, and let him work on healing, for himself and those around him.
    My sincere wish is that the paparazzi and legitimate press will let him get on with what he does so well, his golf game, and leave his personal life alone. I doubt that will happen, unfortunately. We are no better off hearing more about his transgressions, so let it be.

    March 16, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kuuipo

    I think this story has run its course. The media will still try to milk it for what it's worth but I think the public has reached the saturation point.

    March 16, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dick in CT

    Go Tiger!
    Yes, he's made mistakes and owned up to them with remorse and dignity. I truly hope things work out for the man and his family.
    Other well-knowns who have been there, done that never has the strength to 'fess up.

    Go Tiger! You have more supporters than naysayers.

    March 16, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bruce

    I dont get all these high horse people who want to critisise Tiger Woods for his personal life. Golf has a rule book and Tiger is the best at winning on the course under the rules provided. Life however, does not have a rule book. Tiger has provided so much joy to so many so for those who want to judge his personal life go stand in a rain storm at 50 degrees till you get so hoarse sot the rest of the world cant hear you. Im sure you are the same people who love Sarah Palin, Hate health care reform and feel that the government is all wrong – get a clue this is one nation under god and you dont have the right to judge. Tiger Woods is the best golfer the world has ever seen so enjoy his golf and leave his personal life to him.

    March 16, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. A Tiger Fan

    I agree 100% with Blake,he didn't do anything to the game of golf because if ya haven't noticed golf is still being played,it doesn't matter if had one or eighteen women he cheated and cheating is cheating no matter how ya look at it and this is between Tiger and Elin,not Tiger and the world and Tiger as role model,i would want to be my kids role model not a person he/she sees on TV or reads about,Give it a rest America,lets enjoys golf and give Tiger and his wife time to heal or do whatever THEY are doing to do as a couple and parents.Kick Azz,Tiger and Best wishes Elin

    March 16, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. paul francis

    Tiger, what the heck, we knew he would be back at some point so why not in the very controlled arena named Augusta where he will be protected for the most part. There are very very few "your the man Tiger" people shouting out at the Masters so what a perfect place for the imperfect man to return.
    What we will see is him strolling down the 18th fairway Sunday three up (mark my words) and the patrons will be standing to the man once more atop his game and atop the pedestal where he loves to be, until he again falls and you will Tiger!

    March 16, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dot

    You come on back Tiger. Your personal life is yours and no one elses business. You are golf.

    March 16, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Greg

    I was going to write a response to James and Flicka, but I think Blake has summed it up pretty well. To add just a bit, Tiger has done so much good through his foundation and it has been totally overlooked these past few months. Give the guy a break!

    March 16, 2010 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Carrie

    I am digusted at the fact that Elin is staying with him. What example is she setting for her children..Her daughter should allow a mand to not only cheat on her but with multiple women for years and for her son to let him think it is ok for him to have multiple affairs. Elin what are you thinking? I don't even feel sorry for you any more.

    March 16, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mariposa

    No! It's not the place for him to be. He should be with his family, out of the limelight, learning how to be a proper husband and fathrer!

    March 16, 2010 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. shankapotomus

    shame shame shame on the pga for it's obvious greed.

    he should be made to wear a large scarlet letter"A" stiched over that Nike logo.

    March 16, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ScottO

    The logical choice? Please, Its nothing but PR, and it wont be a media event,it will be a media circus. If he had any respect for the game or the other players, let alone himself, he'd pass on Augusta. It's all about "Tiger". He was an idle to thousands of kids around the world. The day after the story broke, my 12 yr old son and I were watching the news. His only comment was, "what a creep", and I couldnt argue with him. Being good at any 'game' is no consolation for being a poor excuse of a man. I bet his mother is so proud and Earl is rolling over.

    March 16, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
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