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. jim

    I watch the Masters every year, Tiger or not. I will watch it again, only I will be rooting for whoever has a chance to beat him, whereas in the past, I rooted for him. I now hope Jack's back is covered – that is, I hope Tiger never wins more majors than Jack. Record holders need to have some class, not crass.

    March 16, 2010 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. CORY

    i dont get it he sits out the what last couple of tournaments of last years pga tour and comes back at the begginng of this years tour what am i missing he really did notmiss much did he hmmmmmm. sounds a little fishy to me i thought he said he was taking time away from golf not diving head first right back int it

    March 16, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Robbie Cassidy

    Listen, Augusta is great because they will not allow media they do not want on the course there... TMZ and the other tabloids will not be allowed, which is exactly what Tiger wants... the regular media would be there anyways to see who gets the green jacket. No one will be there to ask who he's sleeping with between rounds- which is good. Keep Tiger's penis out of the equation.... it was no one's business to begin with... keep the hell out of his business and he'll be busy entertaining the world with one brilliant stroke after another, just like his sex life.

    March 16, 2010 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Chris

    Tiger is a sad example of a champion. I mean a man has to earn a living so he absolutely should go back to his profession, but he's no one to look up to.

    March 16, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. MikeG

    Part of Tiger Wood’s apology was this quote: “I worked my entire life and felt I deserved all that life had to offer.”

    Well, well paper tiger, I too worked “very hard” all my life, am not a religious sort, but I do have some degree of what’s right and what’s wrong.

    In retrospect your life’s work is no better than mine in the eyes of the almighty and does not entitle you to abuse the bodies of others!!!!!

    March 16, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tracy

    I mean really, get off his back and keep the focus on your own weaknesses. We all have'em and it's not like he was a member of the morality police or something. He plays golf and grew up under the microscope from a very early age playing golf to to the benefit of many people. He likely never had a chance to just be himself and it's just the way it is for most young males, they either will or try to sew their seed as much as possible before settling down. Most young males would behave the same way if given the chance. Like royalty, hsi life was planned out for way before he could even catch his breath. Ho got caught – GOOD! Now let's move on.

    March 16, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Zack

    No Blake. You are Bllll-WRONG. Tiger did have an influence on people, millions of people by warrant of being a public figure and a "role model". We can't just gloss over his personal life and accept that type of behavior because that would legitimize Tiger's actions and teach others that "it's ok to be a hot shot and do whatever you want".

    March 16, 2010 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jay

    I second what Blake said. His personal life and his career are two separate issues. Let him play golf

    March 16, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Alex

    Please don't detroy a talented golf player because he has mistake in his personal life. Everyone has mistake, large or small. People cheat. What make him great is he can stand up and apologize for what he has done. Tiger is born for golf. Please let him play.

    March 16, 2010 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sean kennedy

    Perfect place and time.The Masters press room is small and every reporter is limited to questions regarding the round that Tiger plays.Any reporter that he or she reports for their media outlet that does not conform to the Masters rules,will be banded from ever returning to the Masters.PERFECT STORM for TIGER

    March 16, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. George

    He's got to start somewhere and it might just as well be the first major of the season so that the sponsors will get their money's worth out of advertising. It doesn't matter if he wins, just so long as he's there. To my mind, it's not about narcissism and it's not about self-serving interest on his part...it's about ratings and money plain and simple and I'm sure that those at the top of the corporate monarchy are tickled pink. That said, his being a corporate stooge probably has more to do with the decision to come back at the Masters than mental and physical readiness. And while I wouldn't bet on his chances to make the cut, perhaps he'll prove me wrong.

    March 16, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. fenderama

    Flicka hits the nail square on the head in post #2.

    He knows the goons at Augusta National will forever ban any reporter of patron that presses him on a personal question.So his little hide is safe there., safe as a newborn. Just wait 'til he get to the Players at Ponte Vedra Beach Florida in May (he won't skip it, his ego won't let it go, the money's way too big) The fans here will rip him up, especially if he plays well enough to get into a late afternoon group on the weekend

    March 16, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Rob

    My prediction: Tiger Woods is finished... He will never win another major – unless by fluke. Golf is 90% mental. And, this man seems to have nothing left. This man has literally put himself through that wringer. Nobody else has done it. Everything about him shows a man defeated, humbled and humiliated. The fact that he can not even go to the grocery store shows the shame that he bears...

    Why? I don't get it. People fail. People screw around. He's not a politician. He's an athlete and a disproportionate number of successful ones cheat on their wives.

    March 16, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dave

    The Masters will be the logical place for his return. If he really cared for the game of golf, he should enter tournaments that are struggling to make it financially. The GMO comes to mind. No doubt he is a major draw and if he would enter some of these tournaments that are struggling, that would show real compassion.

    Dave

    March 16, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. John D.

    "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone..." No one – and I mean NO ONE has the right to point fingers. No one here is perfect. We all have faults. I agree with Blake. What happened was between Woods and his family. If he wants to talk, fine. If he doesn't fine. Golf is better with him. Watch how much attendance will be up. Watch how much viewing will be up.

    March 16, 2010 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
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