“He’s baaack!” As a former Augusta National champion, Tiger Woods has the privilege of being able to participate in the Masters Golf Tournament 2010, as he has said he will. It was never a matter of if he would return, but of when. And considering how tightly controlled media coverage is at that elite golf event – and how fruitless it will be for the likes of TMZ to use short term loans to try to crash the party – he won’t have to field too many uncomfortable questions. No, that will be for another day, when Woods feels like talking. Still, it is Tiger Woods’ return.
What would the Masters amount to without him?
Well, maybe not too much. You would have to crazy or high to ignore the skill of the following players:
- Steve Stricker
- Camilo Villegas
- Ernie Els
- Dustin Johnson
- Matt Kuchar
- Ben Crane
… or Padraig Harrington for that matter. All of these guys can play the game of golf at the highest level and have the top FedEx Cup point totals. Veterans like Harrington are lurking in the rough. (He went from 106th to 37th in one week.) But I’m horrified that the NASCAR virus appears to be infecting the PGA Tour. Winston Cup, FedEx Cup? Coincidence? Sponsorships are necessary, of course, but let us leave out Copenhagen and advertisements for “Larry the Cable Guy” DVDs, please. This Tiger Woods business is dirty enough.
Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren are circus enough, without the bread to go with it
You did notice that Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren were spotted in public together … again. TMZ is going to air the Woods/Nordegren pics tonight on TV, but they aren’t above teasing us with them. If what you really care about is the golf (welcome aboard), then check out Tiger Woods as The Masters Golf tournament 2010 is streamed online. Yes, The Masters online is the only way to fly. You don’t want to miss Tiger Woods’ return.
Tiger insists the Masters Tournament 2010 is perfect
“The Masters is where I won my first major and I view this tournament with great respect,” said Tiger Woods in a statement to the media. “After a long and necessary time away from the game, I feel like I’m ready to start my season at Augusta. The major championships have always been a special focus in my career and, as a professional, I think Augusta is where I need to be, even though it’s been a while since I last played.”
It’s his first tournament since the shenanigans began
Whatever happened that night, Woods is ready to put it behind him. He isn’t going to wait like you have to for car loans. He’s content to let his clubs do the talking. But will the normally well-behaved Augusta crowd be happy to see him?
“I hope they boo him off the course,” Alice Kohn of Miami said last week. “He should be booed for the same amount of time he spent cheating on his wife. I used to love Tiger, but now I can’t stand him. I still love golf. I still watch it on TV. But I won’t be happy to see Tiger on the golf course. Not anymore.”
Is Tiger ready to roar?
Pro golfers and golf analysts know where their bread is buttered. Commentator Johnny Miller says Woods is going to “come back strong ,” which is not unfounded, as he is a strong competitor and he’s had sabbaticals before. Tiger knows his business; if he isn’t mentally focused on the Tiger Woods return, he won’t play.
Players “The Big Easy” Ernie Els hit the nail on the head when he spoke of this master of The Masters (he’s won it four times). Els knows Woods “will be embraced by the players” upon his re-emergence. According to USA Today, money talks. Since Tiger Woods has been involved in the PGA Tour, prize money has grown from $ 65.95 million in 1996 to $ 279.8 million for this season. The Masters golf tournament 2010 is not the biggest cash prize, but it does have the most prestige. Tiger Woods draws crowds and advertisers. He had a huge hand in the PGA tour becoming popular.