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. Patty

    Blake's statement says it all. Leave Tiger alone and go on with your lives.

    Patty

    March 17, 2010 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. Charles Brown

    Relax folks, he has to make the cut first. I feel badly for the players who have to be in that wind tunnel that week. Bad day for golf.

    March 17, 2010 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  3. M. Browne

    All of the news media are protecting this guy.... for what reason? The media not hunting this guy down for interviews is a disservice to Wood's family, his wife, and definitely his children. Anyone else doing these same actions, like say...Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, any of those golfers, their golfing careers would have been over. Golf is about etiquette, which Tiger Woods has none. He has played the PR card with flair...I will say that. He is the only drug abuser, sex addict, and wife cheating individual that would ever be allowed to get away with this. Tim Finchem is part and parcel of the ongoing problem with sports today.......they are all spoiled and covered for by the media. Go after this guy...quit playing nice.....if it was a Republican Senator doing the same stuff you guys would be hanging him up to dry!

    March 17, 2010 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  4. Steve

    Who really cares? People in this country are more concerned about celebrity sightings and the sex lives of athletes than the state of our economy. How about, " Is the Master's the right time to introduce new health care reform?" Seriously the dumbing down of America is ridiculous!

    March 17, 2010 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  5. DarylO

    The Masters is the PERFECT venue for Tiger. It is undoubtedly the hardest place for hecklers to get at golfers. Unlike so many other venues, Augusta has a zero tolerance policy on the hecklers. There's no doubt that Tiger thought this one through.

    March 17, 2010 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  6. Cynthia

    When you are a public figure, making money off the masses, you are responsible for your actions and like it or not, you are put to a higher standard. Tiger let down a lot people.

    Blake, I just find it incredulous that you minimize his impact of his mistakes to himself and his family. Consideration of his family would be a big enough reason not to play so soon. What are you missing? Yes, let the man play golf, on some remote golf course, where he can work through his problems and not have the 24 hour news channels and media circus that is going to follow him around. It is all about money- all the way around for Tiger, golf tournaments and sponsors. I feel empathy for the other golf professionals who have to endure such a ridiculous scenario.

    March 17, 2010 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  7. Howard

    I'm convinced that most of the Tiger haters are people who've always hated Tiger. As for his personal problems ... when and where did he take the pledge that he was going to be a super athlete role model that would show all the other athletes how it's done? He was a kid when he became a "superstar," and once you become a superstar, you've most likely done all the growing up you're going to do for a very long time. Like a lot of others, Tiger handled his fame badly. But how many others have people tried to crucify like Tiger?

    March 17, 2010 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  8. Doc

    Thanks Blake for making a very valid point. James earlier commented on Tiger hiding from the truth.... I am not sure what truth he is talking about. All that we as public need to know (even that I am not sure if it is our business) is that he was not faithful to his wife. And somehow knowing this information makes us and our lives all the more better! Well, if different surveys are to be believed, a vast majority of married people in America commit adultery. As far as I am concerned, notbody I have seen swings the golf club the way Tiger does and that is all that I care about. Even though I consider myself a golf nut and like to watch golf, it still is not the same when Tiger does not play (it is just not me, just look at the TV ratings with and without Tiger). I hope he comes back strong and wins the Masters the way he did in 1997. For the sake of his kids, I hope he works his marriage out.

    March 17, 2010 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  9. jeanne

    welcome back, we missed you...now just play...

    March 17, 2010 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  10. Steve

    It's not like they are saving lives! It's just a sport. They wouldn't care what Tiger did if it boosted their revenue. All the lesser golfers want him back becauce it makes the purse larger if more people attend, so even if they come in 15th their percentage is still larger than it would have been without Tiger. There is no high ground here. If they refuse to play they only cut their own throats. So you won't see a single holy rolling moral majority golfer stand down for this. They are all breathing a sigh of relief that their transgressions have not been discovered.

    March 17, 2010 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  11. margaret turner

    Let the man play golf. That's how he makes his living. As much as I disapprove of Tiger's behavior, what he did is between him and his wife and his family. "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone." John Daly is a much bigger disgrace in my eyes than Tiger. I got interested in golf when Tiger started playing. Before that, I had as soon watch paint dry. The tour needs Tiger. By the way, I'm a 70 year old white female. Go Tiger!

    March 17, 2010 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  12. ken

    Leave Tiger alone and let him work out his personal problems.He did nothing that is not happening 24 hrs a day seven days a week every day. Television and the news media thrive on dirt and has contributed to the decline of morals such as happened here.His contribution to golf and making it a sport, that without him, is very very dull.Besides that, he is gainfully employed and self supporting which is rapidly becoming a rarity in these times. No doubt the media will use it for all it is worth as is their style to rake in the dirt for ratings. Probably if the truth was known Tiger created more jobs in his climb to the top than all the stimulus money has actually created. I am not a golf fan and never was but I will watch Tiger because he can and will rise above his mistakes.Tiger will shine but lets see how low the media will go to boost ratings. Lets also see if all the sponsors who bailed on him because of threats to their bottom line return when the smoke clears.Lets also see if the media censors this as they do most of my comments.

    March 17, 2010 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  13. EddyL

    I'm already sick to death of the ALL TIGER golf world.... Have you ever seen a golf champion who is LESS interested in golf (in the broader historical sense) than he is in himself and his quest for records? It's all about TIGER and unfortunately the media feeds his arrogance.

    March 17, 2010 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  14. George Smith Jr

    I agree with "let him play golf" – – however, he is no longer the great sports figure that
    he was earlier and I now find him repulsive when I see him. He no longer commands
    the respect, honor, and leadership that was his mantel previously but he deserves the
    opportunity to get on with his life. All things will pass, and this too will become a story
    for the future, but his greatness will never, never be the same no matter if he can again
    win tournaments.

    March 17, 2010 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  15. 53Wilikoki

    Tiger is the only thing that makes golf more interesting than watching paint dry. His personal life is his personal business. I can't believe all the people who think they have to right to pass judgment on him. Probably all "good Christians." Somehow they seem to have missed the part of their religion that dicatates against "throwing stones" unless you are totally free of sin yourself.

    March 17, 2010 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
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