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. xroxer

    I just want to see the best golfer (by a mile) of my generation play again. I consider myself lucky to have witnessed his career unfold. He has deep personal failings in his life and probably always will, but I need to again see the amazing things he has done on the course. In the history of sports, dominant figures have always created a dichotomy of strong fan sentiment. This controversy has provided overwhelming fodder for those who were already firmly entrenched in the hate Woods crowd. As for those like I who love watching Woods perform and appreciate what he has achieved, I can only assume the vast majority feel the same as I regarding his return.

    March 17, 2010 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. Scott

    At the end of the day, Tiger Woods is perhaps the greatest golfer of all time.

    Golf, like all other sports, is entertainment to those that watch.

    The sideshow is perhaps bigger than the event, but that's just the way things are.

    He's a professional golfer and should be pursuing his profession.

    The rest is fluff...let the man play golf, watch it if you wish or not if you don't enjoy the game.

    Play golf Tiger and keep your personal life just that...hit the best shots, break all the records you can and golf your heart out.

    I hope he never speaks another word about anything not related to what he does for a living.

    I don't watch sports to find personal heroes and I don't watch movies to find actors to guide my political views.

    And please let the the sports writers stick to their subject...too much to ask but I can still hope.

    March 17, 2010 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  3. Faye

    Thankfully, because we all are not media material, our faults, misjudgments, unfairness, nasty demeanors, lies, or other sins against our friends, families, coworkers, aquaintances and people we don't even know personally (case in point) are not aired for bloggers, media pundits and people we don't know to wave in our faces every chance we/you get.

    Do we try to overcome, apologize for our injustices, publically or privately, as some of these famous individuals have? Probably not – or not everytime we fall, right?

    Perhaps, whatever we consider we're good at is not quite so good after all if we are to be judged solely on what we do wrong – how disheartening this must be.

    If we try to do better, are our attempts – successful or not – this forever negated by our past awfulness?

    I hope not, for those of us who cast the stone hardest, let's hope we don't crack the mirror we have to face each day.

    March 17, 2010 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  4. Brian Paul

    The other golfers can't wait for Tiger to come back. Golf is nothing but a footnote without him in the field. That being said, who cares? It's his job! He's a professional golfer. Maybe some of the critics out there that have cheated on there wife out there that work for a living should quit there job and take a year off to not offend the rest of us! LOL! The human race is so stupid. If you have ever cheated on anyone in your life you should quit your job for one full year tomorrow to make it fare. Oh no!!! Unemployment is going to jump to 55% tomorrow!!!

    March 17, 2010 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  5. Bruce

    I agree with Blake, Tiger is a golfer and damn good at it, let the man play!!! Nobody complained when Mike Tyson came back in the ring after his stint in jail for rape... yet people complain about a private matter that's not even a criminal matter...

    March 17, 2010 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. bobbi la fond

    It's a perfect time for him to return. He is the great golfer and it is time to look forward and leave the past.

    March 17, 2010 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  7. bobbi la fond

    It's a perfect time for him to return. He is a great golfer and it is time to look forward and leave the past behind you.

    March 17, 2010 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  8. android1

    The "professional athlete" is back.........goody oh boy....

    March 17, 2010 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  9. Ary

    I see no problem with him playing, all the other problems are family issues.

    March 17, 2010 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  10. James

    I agree 100% with Blake. Let the man play golf! If you don't care to see him, don't watch the Master's.

    March 17, 2010 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  11. Bob Radosevic

    Am not a fan of golf. Welcome back Tiger. As a teen I did caddy for two summers. I do watch the Tiger.I did see a lot of things by the country club. Again, welcome back TIGER.

    March 17, 2010 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  12. Pat

    So Blake, what about all the people who worked for him or for the golf industry, WERE employed by his sponsors supporting his image and brand, or who held stock in Sponsor companies and saw its value drop significantly? What about all the aspiring young golfers (including my 13 year old son) who now ask us parents whether it's "ok" that TIger cheated on his wife and kids? Yes, no one is perfect, but for those among us fortunate enough to achieve fame and fortune on the backs of the working class, and who benefit greatly from the belief their fans have in them – they have a responsibility to not live a lie that is the exact opposite of what they've been selling us. As a society we need to stop making excuses for our 'leaders and idols' selfish and narcissistic behavior, it only enables their weaknesses and emboldens them to pursue their destructive vices.Lowering the bar of expectations for our leaders indirectly lowers the value of being a good person and dilutes the quality of life for everyone. – Can you dig it Blake?

    March 17, 2010 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  13. Justin

    Right there with you, Blake. People have made tiger into an image, but he's really just an athlete, one of the greatest ever to walk the planet. I don't tune into tiger to learn how to live as a man. I tune into tiger to watch how one of the greatest in the game plays. People want him to be everything to them, and when he's not they feel let down. He's human, like the rest of us. But he has an inhuman ability to do a particular thing, and that should be respected in its own right.

    March 17, 2010 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
  14. R.W.

    Society is in a mess, and the only things people can complain about is Tiger playing golf. In the realm of things who cares. As a society we should only view what Tiger does on the course, and what he does in his private life does not matter. it would matter if what he does has an effect on you. Get a life!!!

    March 17, 2010 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  15. Cliff

    Personally, I watch him because he is the best golfer. Who really cares what he does in his personal life. That is to him and his family. If you have not been hurt by his actions, appreciate his golf. If you are offended by all the coverage and learning what he has done, turn it off / stop buying the stuff. The media only sells scandal because that is what America revels in / what sells more ads. For those that say he is a role model, my kids appreciate his golf and know what he did in his personal life was wrong. And, if they did not hear about his personal life, they would be better off. The public needs to stop reveling in other's misery. If his personal choices do not affect you, it is not your worry. Perhaps if a corrupt person is making laws, it is a problem. They guy is hitting a golf ball.

    March 17, 2010 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
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