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. Eric

    The idea that Tiger does not respect the game is absurd. His indescretions should not reflect his respect of the game. The Masters is the elite tournament in golf. Without Tiger in this tournament, can the winner say they beat the best in the game? No, they cannot. The question will always be yeah he won but would he have won if Tiger played. Tiger does not ANYONE an explination of his actions except his wife and family. If Tiger feels he is ready to play golf, let him decide when and where.

    March 17, 2010 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. say hey

    let him play golf and do what he does best. the clowns in the media will do what they do (not necessarily well!) and report on when he got out of treatment and was spotted in Florida with Elin. PLEASE just report on Tiger hotting a golf ball in Georgia and let him and his family work out their problems – which are MANY!!!
    CBS will make millions because people want to see Tiger succeed AND fail – depending on whether you like him or not. He is great and he DID screw up! nuff said!

    March 17, 2010 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. Laura Bishop

    AMEN Blake... Tiger has made mistakes... just like every other HUMAN on this planet... no one is perfect...and those that criticize... look in the mirror...only God can absolve sins... he has paid his price... let him get on with his life. Whatever Elin and Tiger work out..let them work it out on their own...who are we to judge? Remember the old adage... Judge not.. lest ye be judged!!!!

    March 17, 2010 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
  4. sal woods

    Tiger Woods is just too cheap period. I had a store on Santa Monica Blvd and Tiger used to get his hair cut one store down. He left the valet $2 as his regular tip. And he knew the guy. I hope his foot gets caught in the hole and he can't get it out. Thats what I think of Tiger Woods. Cheap to the bone.

    March 17, 2010 at 2:18 am | Report abuse |
  5. cita

    Blake, you said it all. Many people have done worse so lets just get on with life. it is very sad that people know more about Tiger's bad behavior than about world policies, or ways to improve our country. Let Tiger play golf and those who enjoy the sport watch and enjoy.

    March 17, 2010 at 2:43 am | Report abuse |
  6. 3 Dog Mama

    Just let the man play golf. We all need to remember that when we point one finger at someone else, 3 are pointing back at you. He is a wonderful golfer. In that way he is a person in the public eye. Yes, he has made some horrible decisions in regards to his personal life, but that it what it is. His personal life. Not ours. He won't win. If he makes the cut I'll be surprised. But at least at the Master's he can play golf and not have to answer questions that is none of our business to know the answers. This is a private matter between he and Elin. Let it rest. Leave him be. I despise the kind of media that spends thousands of dollars to get dirt on someone. How would you like to have someone digging non-stop in your past? Would you like to be on center stage 24/7, 365 days a year? Then leave him alone!

    March 17, 2010 at 2:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. Take the smote

    Wow! I didn't know Tiger was the only human being on Earth who made mistakes!

    March 17, 2010 at 3:04 am | Report abuse |
  8. nora

    Heaven help any of you - especially the media if you or your loved ones should ever fall into a horrific time in life and you just might like to put it back together. Marriages have gone through much much worse and come out fine. Why this addiction is any different to many of you than any other is beyond me. Maybe because it's about sex and you are all treating it as if you were 4-year-old children.
    Should Edin actually want to save the marriage (I believes she loves her husband and family), many of you are making it almost impossible for her to ever hold her head up in public. Shame on you. And shame on you for encouraging her to end the marriage. This is NONE of your business and we don't need one more statistic nor do those children need a broken home if it can be avoided. This is their business and Edin should be applauded for realizing this isn't about her, but about Tiger and an addiction that is no different than drugs, alcohol, but this is the dirty word "sex". Leave them alone or show encouragement.
    Why so many believe that Tiger is hiding is beyond me. Seriously, going on television with your dirty laundry isn't hiding. He did NOT make excuses nor blame anyone but himself.
    Get on with your pitiful lives.

    March 17, 2010 at 3:15 am | Report abuse |
  9. Ms. Nnala tumpe

    Even if Tiger Woods will continue to apologize did not make any changes to the world of golf. Let him return to the pitch, which is the only way to show respect to the game and masters is the right choice for him to feel better again.
    We all made mistakes. We should not continue condemning him.

    March 17, 2010 at 3:37 am | Report abuse |
  10. Rose Hernandez

    People please..leave him be. He made mistakes, who hasn't and I'm sure way worse also. Golf has been his game, just let him play and all these people that are hanging onto the bad need to get a life of there own. I understand that for most of them it's their job to report the news, but come on enough is enough..I wish there was someone out there who would go report on all of them and I'll bet you a million dollars you'd find skeletons in their so called perfect little stupid reporting world. Leave him alone already.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:20 am | Report abuse |
  11. Zoski

    ..... not spoil things for other players? The guy plays golf, its his career, what do you want him to do? go play hockey or basketball? The fact is no matter when he was going to come back some people would continue to complain, so I say he does whatever he feels is right for his career! You say its not like he needs the money, thing is you think he is playing for the money, ever considered that maybe he has loved this since he was a little boy and he doesnt see himself doing anything else.Tiger did wrong things but he doest have to pay with his life, people make mistakes but they dont have to stop living. He has every right to play, live,love,cry,laugh just like anybody's father! What more is he supposed to do? I say go out and play Tiger because whether you do or not, for some people you should pay the price for the rest of you life! Good luck I hope you win!

    March 17, 2010 at 4:43 am | Report abuse |
  12. PaddyReagan

    Hide from journalists and avoid the public? Augusta National is the premier event in golf and there is, in any year, a scramble for press accreditation. Every ticket is sold, not only for the four days of the event but also for practice days before it begins. Because Tiger is playing for the first time in months there will be more press coverage than ever before, not only because of the feeding frenzy surrounding personal problems but because one of the greatest chapters in golfing history was played out here. In 1997 Tiger rewrote the Masters record books by winning by a 12 stroke margin. He set 20 records and tied six that year plus he was the youngest winner and the first black champion.

    As for the "narcissistic self-service" and respect for the game. Try to keep in mind that golf needs Tiger Woods much more than he needs golf. In 1997, Tiger won $486,000 when he won the Masters. In 2001 and 2002 those purses increased to $1,008,000. This year's winner will receive $1,350,000. Every successful player on the PGA tour has seen huge income increases because Tiger attracted new viewers to golf on TV and on the courses of the world. Without him, that trend was already threatened.

    So, please, take your hate and misplaced condemnation elsewhere. Tiger is the greatest golfer of our generation and perhaps, all time. That will not change no matter how much you focus on his personal life and ignore his success.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:46 am | Report abuse |
  13. Allen Pickel;

    Amen Blake. Well said

    March 17, 2010 at 5:59 am | Report abuse |
  14. Dave

    Tiger is coming back way too soon. It tells me and the world that he is not serious about fixing the problems in his personal life, He is putting his professional life ahead of fixing his problems. It will take a long time to fix these issues and his return to golf will only make it more likely for him to fail. Expect Tiger will be greeted by some people with boos. I am not sure that Tiger will be able to cope with that. I think he has already given up on getting back together with his wife. Her trust in him has been shattered...forever.

    March 17, 2010 at 6:05 am | Report abuse |
  15. Charlotte Crist

    Tiger will play the Masters. Tiger will win. The Groupies will surround him. It all begins again!

    March 17, 2010 at 6:11 am | Report abuse |
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