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Iain Carter | 20:04 UK time, Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Which will command more attention, the pre-tournament hullabaloo building up to Tiger Woods's opening drive or the tournament's winning putt four days later? Unless it is the world number one holing out, it will probably be the former.

America's fascination with Woods cannot be underestimated since his fall from grace that followed his car crash at the end of November last year.

Absurd as it seems, in New York he was front page news for a longer period than 9/11, while his first public appearance since his downfall, which took place last month, received blanket coverage on US networks.

That carefully stage managed speech suggested it would be some time before we saw Woods on a golf course again, but as we now know that is no longer the case and it is all eyes on next month's Masters.

augusta_getty_blog.jpgWoods won the first of his first 14 majors in 1997 at Augusta - Pic: Getty

Respected golf writer Ian O'Connor, author of "Arnie and Jack" a compelling biography of the careers of Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, told BBC Radio 5 live: "This year's Masters is now being regarded as the biggest tournament in the history of the game."

That may well prove true in the build up and for as long as Woods remains a factor in the event.

The first major of the year will be all about Woods. It won't be about a resurgent Ernie Els or the exciting prospects of British success. Ian Poulter can wear whatever trousers he wants and demonstrate to the full his burgeoning talents but the cameras will be elsewhere.

Woods's decision to make his comeback after his extraordinary four month absence at Augusta makes sense. The crowd is expected to be respectful and few of the "patrons" would want to jeopardise their right to retain their precious tickets.

The media will also be held on a tight leash. Expect Masters officials to limit questions to golf and more specifically the tournament if Woods gives his usual Tuesday news conference.

And what chance of Woods being the man who does sink that winning putt on the evening of 11 April? The odds may be stacked against him but the bookmakers already have him as the favourite.

woods_masters_2007_blog.jpgWoods has won the Masters four times - Pic: AFP

Were he to win it would put all of his previous achievements in the shade. It is hard to envisage despite even his astonishing talents. The revelations about his private life and process of rehab must have taken a toll on his inbuilt feeling of invincibility.

Furthermore the opposition will regard him as someone capable of being fallible and remember he has won a green jacket only once in his last seven Masters. That said history shows you write-off Woods at your peril.

A more likely scenario than an immediate victory is seeing the Tiger position himself to be able to pounce at the US Open at Pebble Beach and at St Andrews for the Open, both venues where he has enjoyed great success in the past.

For golf his return provides a massive boost. Flagging television ratings will be given a huge lift and it is little wonder the Masters, PGA Tour and the Royal and Ancient have all welcomed his return.

CBS, who screen the Masters in the US, say it will be the biggest event of the decade apart from President Obama's inauguration. They would say that though wouldn't they?

Woods's fellow players will be happy too. An end to the increasingly tiresome process of having to field questions about him is in sight, though there is still another month's worth to come.

They will also have to resign themselves to the fact that whichever one of them emerges with a famous green jacket placed upon their shoulders, they are unlikely to be the main story to anyone other than golfing purists.

Unless, of course, we are talking about you know who.

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  • Comment number 1.

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  • Comment number 2.

    "Were he to win it would put all of his previous achievements in the shade"

    Including the US Open he won with a broken leg and the knee in dire need of reconstructive surgery?

    I don't think so.

  • Comment number 3.

    To be honest I think it's pretty disgraceful behaviour from Woods, just another cynical move to prove to everyone that he is bigger than the game. Just like holding his news conference in the middle of the World Matchplay it shows a total lack of respect for the other players, making sure whoever wins gets no coverage unless it is Woods himself.

    I should think the other players are pretty annoyed at him picking a major for his comeback.

  • Comment number 4.

    I honestly didn't know there were so many perfect people in this world. When it comes to Mr Woods, most commentators surely think they are unblemished saints. My experience tells me there is no such thing. They are nothing other than hypocrites.

    I wonder what temptations would befall most men, in their 20's, given billions of earnings, and ultimate superstar status.

    The fact is, he is a golfer. If he wants to cheat on his wife, run around naked in his garden, or get blind drunk and talk about girls, then that is his business. Not ours.

    I hope he wins. And I hope he keeps totally quiet, and says nothing to the media and shuns them completely, and does little to acknowledge their pointless circus. We say his behaviour has been disgraceful, but our desire to make his private business our public entertainment is equally as disgusting.

    Go Tiger. You still have many true golf fans who see you as no different than before. This is because we saw you as a near perfect golfer, and not a perfect man who had to set a social standards for us all, to make up for the lack of it from ourselves.

  • Comment number 5.

    Surely coming back at the Masters is a completely selfish decision. The organisers & advertisers will love it, but in truth it will detract from the golf.
    Who on earth will want to be partnered with Woods on day one? I wonder if he should be forced to play with a non scoring partner, to save distracting a professional golfer.
    He obviously still believes "It's all about me", despite his scripted regret speech.

  • Comment number 6.

    I want to pick up on the comment by the alleged "respected golf writer Ian O'Connor". I cannot believe the pomposity and the arrogance of the man. 'Respected'?? Not any more. Did the world stop turning in Woods absence? If he hadn't noticed there was some great compeitions going on around the world. The last 3 in the US were tremendous. I make no comments about Tiger's return except to say 'so lets see'..BUT what happens if he misses the cut? Oh my giddy Aunt...thousands will turn off..no wait, I expect O'Connor will say MILLIONS will turn off. Get a grip man. These people turning off are not golf fans...they are not sports fans. They are the idiots who slow down to look at accidents on the highway. Of course I will be watching. Its The Masters..the 2nd greatest tournament in golf.. and I will be fascinated to see if Tiger can confound us all once more. I care not what he's done off the course. I want to see him come back with dignity and respect for the game and yes, win..it would be quite something. BUT O'Connor get a life and Iain, I trust this was written with your tongue firmly in cheek.

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  • Comment number 8.

    Thought I would throw this out there. A while back when I lived in Orlando, a good friend told me that TW had crashed his Escalade on a country road somewhere. No police etc were notified and TW's bodyguards etc cleared up the mess and that was that. It was not until the infamous incident at his neighbours lawn did I start to wonder about this first accident. Coincidence?

  • Comment number 9.

    Smiling sponge muffin you and I are going to e good friends, excellently put my friend. I don't care what he has done off the golf course, yes, it was wrong, but I leave that with him and Elin to sort out, no one is perfect and as a golfer he is a genius and it won't be a matter of time before he hits 40 years of age that he would have passed Jacks 18 majors and counting. I was reading a blog by Mr Laird not so long ago, saying that it was mighty quiet without Woods around, well you know what, this will beat the lot in excitement, whether he wins or not, TV ratings will be doubled that seen in the previous big tourney's, cause Eldrick Woods does things on that golf course that only besides maybe Phil Mickleson would only dream about. As my friend just put it, I hope he gives the Tiger sneer and pass by the media without a word said.

  • Comment number 10.

    Who on earth will want to be partnered with Woods on day one? I wonder if he should be forced to play with a non scoring partner, to save distracting a professional golfer.
    He obviously still believes "It's all about me", despite his scripted regret speech.

  • Comment number 11.

    I feel there is way too much importance put on somebody who only plays 19 or 20 tournaments a year,sponsors are putting up big prize money each week on the off chance that Tiger Woods will turn up,Golf is way too big to let one player dominate it,the USPGA let WOODS walk all over it.

  • Comment number 12.

    Oh please. Whether Woods is playing or not, golf is still more boring to watch than scrabble.

    Um bad comparison. Come to think of it, scrabble is actually fun to watch - those players placing words you didnt know existed from horrible sets of letters at blinding speed.

    Rephrase then - golf is still more boring to watch than paint drying. Utterly unredeemable.

  • Comment number 13.

    Actors cheat on their partners all the time, and we worship them like gods. Indeed, 50% of UK marriages end in divorce. My guess is that infidelity features very strongly in that scenario. Could it be that Tiger's skin color means there is one rule for the purity of white skin, and a different rule for those of African decent?

    Comments please.

    buzzardstubble - how can the world's number one golfer be considered selfish for wanting to play in the world's number one golf tournament? Please, what is your logic? Get a grip man. He is a golfer, not a caricature of purity.

  • Comment number 14.

    I'm astonished that the powers that be at Augusta have allowed their 'prestigious' tournament to be highjacked by Woods return. It just goes to prove that 'money talks'.

    Even if he went on to win many more majors, the aura and mystique has gone.

    The game should be bigger than any one man.

  • Comment number 15.

    12. A lot of us actually enjoy watching golf. However, in the first two rounds of the Masters part of that enjoyment will be missing. Nobody who is playing at the same time as Woods will get a fair roll of the dice.
    After viewing the last 30-odd Masters, I will not be watching the US media and "fans" fawning over their messiah. Perhaps if he misses the cut I'll watch the rest of it.

  • Comment number 16.

    I think all this Tiger woods coverage will obliterate all other interest in who will win the masters is total bunkum. Many of us watched the Masters long before Woods came along, and many will continue to do so long after he has given up competitive golf. Im looking forward to see if Ernie Els can continue to up his game. Will Rory Mac show us what he's really made of? Will Tiger show his old form so quickly. Will a total unknown emerge from the ranks of obscurity to claim the green jacket. Just like Tiger, the world's media, CBS especially, needs to grow up.

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  • Comment number 18.

    #5 In total agreement. This is a selfish decision based on the fact that he knows the media will be restricted by the Masters organisers.

    #13 Surely if it was all about wanting to play in the 'world's number one tournament' (eh? Open Championship??) he would have come back at say Bay Hill to get some competitive practice and get the hoo-haa out of the way?

  • Comment number 19.

    I understand Tiger's need to come back at the Masters. Its private, its controlled as everyone already knows. I don't condemn him or the tournament for it. I don't condemn him for his actions or anything he has done. He's a man, a human, just because he is a celebrity he sins the same as you, me, or anyone else. What is the percentage of infidelity in marital relationships, staggering im sure. He asks for forgiveness, give it to him it was probably given to you for one reason or another.

    The real problem is the media and the circus the masses and the media make out of everything in this mans life. I hope that the BBC and all media have the common sense to not disgrace one of the most beloved tournaments in thw world and in sports. Obvioulsy it must be somewhat talked about that he has taken a layoff, But to address his personal life and show endless clips of time past would be a disgrace to the sport and the networks
    I understand Tiger's need to come back at the Masters. Its private, its controlled as everyone already knows. I don't condemn him or the tournament for it. I don't condemn him for his actions or anything he has done. He's a man, a human, just because he is a celebrity he sins the same as you, me, or anyone else. What is the percentage of infidelity in marital relationships, staggering im sure. He asks for forgiveness, give it to him it was probably given to you for one reason or another.

    The real problem is the media and the circus the masses and the media make out of everything in this mans life. I hope that ESPN and CBS have the common sense to not disgrace one of the most beloved tournaments in America and in sports. Obvioulsy it must be somewhat talked about that he has taken a layoff, But to address his personal life and show endless clips of time past would be a disgrace to the sport and the networks

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  • Comment number 21.

    Tiger Woods only attempts a comeback when he thinks he can WIN so i guess the Arnold Palmer event came to early. Glad to see him back, golf his what he knows best and thats what will be his safe heaven.

  • Comment number 22.

    I'm sure he'd like to win the Masters, but I'm not sure that is the most important thing right now. He had a choice between giving himself the best chance to win the Masters (which would have meant going to Bay Hill), or giving himself the best chance to survive the onslaught of the media and fans in his first tournament back. Apparently, he chose the latter. The chase for majors will wait. Tiger needs to get his life back to normal (or as normal as it can be for a while). I think this choice is best for him in the long run, although it compromises his chances at Augusta this year.

  • Comment number 23.

    Personally I welcome Tiger back, he is a golfing genius and it is great to see him play. The only problem is with the US television coverage. We have always had to put up with watching Tiger walk down the fairway, assess and line up his puts and other things that we don't have to see from other players. With everything else that has been going on I fear we won't see much golf at all from other players while Tiger is on the course.

  • Comment number 24.

    I was personally delighted to hear about Woods return to the game, I am also pleased to see that their are people out there that see this whole fiasco like I do.

    Tiger has never said he would like people to view him as a person, he is a golfer and personally, my view of him as a golfer has not been changed due his personal life factors. I like that smilingSpongeMuffin summed it up perfectly so i am not going to repeat what they said.

    I think that many pros are not at all upset to hear about his return, this is Tigers era, in every tournament he plays in he is the man to beat and the possibility of beating the best player in the world is what all golf pros dream of, those that are upset of his return at a major are either, jealous of the effect he has on the media, or aware that even though they are good tour professionals realise they have no chance of beating him, even though he will have had 6 months away from the competitive game.

  • Comment number 25.

    Although I have been a "fan" of Mr Woods for his golfing prowess, I cannot help but think he is wrong to make his come-back at such an important event, the Masters. I does seem to be a little cynical to me and I find that disappointing in the man.
    My sympathies go to his fellow players in this competition, and as some-one remarked earlier, the first two days, security arrangements not withstanding, will inevitably be a media circus and will detract from what is actually going on out on the golf course. Whatever the others do in those first two days will largely go un-noticed, and that will be a shame, as there are often heroics happening out there.
    I guess he may just secretly think that he is bigger than the game. I hope not, but I really think he should have been advised to pick a lesser competition to return.
    Thank you for reading this.

  • Comment number 26.

    I agree with many who say we should seperate Tiger the golfer from his private life BUT when you bring your private life into work (anywhere) it becomes an issue for other professionals (ignoring the media).

    Me thinks he should've put his high profile return into a lesser known charity event and appeared for free. This is primarily about his choice of when to return to work.....

  • Comment number 27.

    I for one cant wait for tiger to return, what happens in his personal life is exactly that "Personal" and i just want to see one of the greatest players in golf, play golf!
    With regards to the comments about Tiger returning at the masters being case of “its all about me” get a grip, Tiger could make a return at my local club and you could bet that the media attention would be just as much of a circus.
    As for who he plays with, who cares, they wont, they are professionals and will focus on the job at hand.

  • Comment number 28.

    Tiger is a disgrace - he says he has had 2 months of inpatient therapy and is continuing treatment - he is medicalising the fact that he has cheated on his wife - clearly to try and rebuild his tarnished image .
    as a Gp I see real illness every day and can assure you that what Tiger has done ain't no illness..

  • Comment number 29.

    What a ridiculous comment by buymespresso about golf and scrabble. If you dislike golf so much then why are you reading golf articles? It sounds like you are interested to me. Stick to watching paint dry rather than posting needless comments.

    Great to have Tiger back. Who doesn't want to compete against or watch the greatest golfer in the world.

  • Comment number 30.

    A few observations.

    1. I will not watch. I have better things to watch. Namely since the baseball season as started I will probably watch Yanks vs Rays which should be more entertaining at anyrate.

    2 I do not care about his off the course antics, I genuinely believe that a persons private life is just that: PRIVATE

    3. Having said that, Yesterdays announcement shows that he continues not to understand the magnitude of his actions.

    4. Choosing to start a "comeback" at a venue which protects him shows that he continues to feel a sense of entitlement.

    5. Choosing to play at the Masters shows that he continues that on some level, he doesn't respect women because Augusta National has a history of discrimination against women.

    I will not watch this Cad. I have better things to do with my time. The things is, I don't think Tiger will be as protected as he thinks when he goes to Augusta. I'm sure there are bound to be protestors at the facility or just outside. Try as the might, Augusta National can only go so far in trying to control that.

  • Comment number 31.

    @DonRossi

    Tiger is a disgrace for putting himself into therapy in order to help him overcome the mental urges he has with regards to sex? More so you quite laughably claim to be a GP (and claim it's not a medical issue) and then ignore the FACT that sexual addiction is listed on the ICD (just to explain as if you were a GP you would know this - International Classification of Diseases) and is classified as satyriasis for males.

    Golf as a sport suffers when Tiger's away. I'll be watching him for sporting reasons and to be honest his personal life isn't really any of my business. But with this celebrity obcessed culture we live in some of you clearly think that you have a right to comment on it. I wonder how many of you displayed this amount of vitriol when Princess Di was found to be incapable of remaining faithful.

  • Comment number 32.

    and i spelt "obsessed" wrong.. more coffee please.

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  • Comment number 34.

    19. At 08:11am on 17 Mar 2010, merv_49 wrote:
    I understand Tiger's need to come back at the Masters. Its private, its controlled as everyone already knows. I don't condemn him or the tournament for it. I don't condemn him for his actions or anything he has done. He's a man, a human, just because he is a celebrity he sins the same as you, me, or anyone else. What is the percentage of infidelity in marital relationships, staggering im sure. He asks for forgiveness, give it to him it was probably given to you for one reason or another.
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    He is a cad. He is selfish and arrogant. This just proves it. He still thinks he is bigger than the game.
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    The real problem is the media and the circus the masses and the media make out of everything in this mans life. I hope that the BBC and all media have the common sense to not disgrace one of the most beloved tournaments in thw world and in sports. Obvioulsy it must be somewhat talked about that he has taken a layoff, But to address his personal life and show endless clips of time past would be a disgrace to the sport and the networks
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    Blame the media? Are you serious. Look Sports media can be blamed for a lot of things that are wrong in Sports, but not this time. Tiger brought these problems upon himself. He has nobody to blame but himself.
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    I understand Tiger's need to come back at the Masters. Its private, its controlled as everyone already knows. I don't condemn him or the tournament for it. I don't condemn him for his actions or anything he has done. He's a man, a human, just because he is a celebrity he sins the same as you, me, or anyone else. What is the percentage of infidelity in marital relationships, staggering im sure. He asks for forgiveness, give it to him it was probably given to you for one reason or another.
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    Many people see this as an ultimate act of selfishness. Even thoughs people who had previously defended Woods see that he doesn't seem to have his priorities straight. Woods himself said in his statement that he still has things he needs to work on. Well if he has issues he needs to work on going to the Masters is not going to help him work on those issues. Tiger is looking control the story.
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    The real problem is the media and the circus the masses and the media make out of everything in this mans life. I hope that ESPN and CBS have the common sense to not disgrace one of the most beloved tournaments in America and in sports. Obvioulsy it must be somewhat talked about that he has taken a layoff, But to address his personal life and show endless clips of time past would be a disgrace to the sport and the networks
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    Sadly, we live in a 24 hour 7 days a week news cycle that follows the every move of celebrities. Don't blame TMZ, ESPN, Entertainment Tonight, or MSNBC for tigers problems. The are mearly news outlets whos job it is is to report on stories. Tigers actions are the result of no one else but himself. They are not the result of Katie Curic or the National Inquirer, or even the BBC. You shouldn't go blaming the media for the problems that Tiger Faces. Blame Tiger for what Tiger did.

  • Comment number 35.

    I think that the media are more interested in this than the average golf fan. We just want to see him back playing golf. I don't give a fig about all this other stuff, it's for the readers of things like Heat magazine.

  • Comment number 36.

    If he wins, it's because he's the best golfer in the tournament. After all, that's all he is, a golfer. I have no reason to be remotely interested in what he does off the course.

  • Comment number 37.

    The "average golf fan" will always be interested in the Masters. The golfing purists will be frustrated that they will see, hear and read more of Tiger at the expense of other players at this year's tournament, but many will also delight in seeing the game's greatest exponent back in action. This big thing about this Masters is that a far greater constituency than in other years will be watching and will be interested and the media coverage will reflect that.

  • Comment number 38.

    And so the Tiger circus begins once more. I understand it's big news but I really do hope that we get a balanced look at all the contenders for the green jacket and we're not just spoon fed endless articles all focusing on this one man in particular. Obviously the announcement's only just been made so it is a big story that he's coming back but there are plenty of others to talk about as well.

    As someone else has mentioned I wouldn't want to be one of the guys partnered with Woods for any of the 4 days. But at least at Augusta everything is very well controlled so it won't be so bad as it could have been at another tournament.

  • Comment number 39.

    thanks coxy - looks like the waiting room is going to be full of men wanting help for cheating on their wives !

  • Comment number 40.

    HAVE TO DISAGRRE WITH DONROSSI. TIGER IS A BRAVE MAN WHO HAS AT LAST CONFRONTED HIS DEMONS.HE IS ONLY HUMAN AFTER ALL.HE SUFFERS FROM A WELL RECOGNISED CONDITION WHICH THE MEDICAL PROFESSION HAS CHOSEN TO IGNORE FOR MANY YEARS.I ONLY HOPE MORE SUFFERERS WILL FEEL ABLE TO COME FORWARD AND SEEK TREATMENT.CAN I SUGGEST DONROSSI CONSIDERS ATTENDING A TRAINING COURSE TO MAKE HIM MORE AWARE OF THE CURRENT MEDICAL THINKING SURROUNDING THIS ILLNESS?

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  • Comment number 42.

    thanks jonnie mac - sounds like a good course - will Tiger be speaking ? ps can i wear the panther suit? pps - is the coffee on yet for our break ??

  • Comment number 43.

    I hope he wins. And I hope he keeps totally quiet, and says nothing to the media and shuns them completely, and does little to acknowledge their pointless circus. We say his behaviour has been disgraceful, but our desire to make his private business our public entertainment is equally as disgusting.

    WELL SAID smilingSpongeMuffin!

    Could not agree more, The mans a golfer and a great golfer at that! seems like all the media do is latch onto anything until theres nothing left of it then move on to the next story which they can exploit.

    Its the media who are destroying society by making stories which are not even our buissness so inportant to these idiots of society that they go crazy over any celebrity who has doen something wrong.

    All this creates is a bunch of braindead fools who "follow" celebrities on twitter and follow there every move and actions and dress like them and try to emulate them in everyway when in reality there just nobody like 98% of the population

  • Comment number 44.

    Tiger Woods has apologized for his transgressions. If Sir Nick Faldo's key question "However, he still left the big question that we as golfers all wanted to know, and that's when he will come back to the course" is being answered. So is mine.
    Can we move on?

  • Comment number 45.

    TV Ratings increase by 50% when Tiger is in contention...
    Enough Said.

  • Comment number 46.

    Surely Golf will be the perfect place for Tiger to escape the limelight, and get into an environment where he's most comfortable? Yes, the pressures will be immense, but Golf comes so naturally to him.

    The only place he'll be able to forget or at least put aside his feelings of regret will be on the course.

    Really hope Tiger comes out fighting and we see a great performance - not sure he can win it, because others are playing extremely well, but I would never bet against him.

    Hope Poults or Westwood have a run at it, both have shown enough form recently.

  • Comment number 47.

    Tiger

    Woods the Master is now returning,
    His love of Golf kept him yearning,
    Round Augusta he will be coursing,
    His crown was theirs but left a begging,
    They failed to grasp when he was ailing,
    Once again he’ll leave them trailing.

  • Comment number 48.

    Yippie! this is good news, I'm off down the bookies to place a bet on Tiger (grrr baby) Woods to miss the cut. Then I'm off to see what I need to qualify for sex addiction treatment on the NHS.

  • Comment number 49.

    Well the media need to have something to make a hullabaloo about and Carter you're obviously included here.

    But this is how it will go:

    Tiger will be closer to missing the cut than winning.

    Media hogs choke themselves on the feast before and during the tournament.

    Afterwards everyone says what was the fuss about as an Englishman wins it.

  • Comment number 50.

    I just hope that the BBC Coverage is not Tiger Mad and Tabloid!

    There are more Europeans in the field and in the worlds top 50 than ever before and that should be the Focus of the coverage.

    Lets not pamper to these rubber neckers (that includes a hell of a lot of Hacks) and watch what is the best golf tournament of the year!

  • Comment number 51.

    I am not a golfer but I do enjoy watching the sport.

    Mr Woods is undoubtedly a fine player but why the hype ?

    Let me suggest that the likes of Nicklaus and Watson to name but two few could compete today (look at Norman and Watson at the last 2 opens).

    Mr Woods is a fine exponent in todays game but the reality is put him in the 60/70/80's era, take away the power clubs,the gimmickry,take away the perfect courses which look as though they have been ironed and frankly he would not be anywhere near the top in the 60/70/80's. Nicklaus and Watson would be ahead just as starters.

    No one man is greater than a game but if one man was to come close to that status it is not Mr woods, irrespective of his conduct off course.

    One final point, as regards his conduct on course, will we see a reformed Woods in terms of attitude because many observers feel that he has become petulant to the point of being very ill mannered.

  • Comment number 52.

    Dorego Borrego wrote:
    I just hope that the BBC Coverage is not Tiger Mad and Tabloid!

    There are more Europeans in the field and in the worlds top 50 than ever before and that should be the Focus of the coverage.

    Lets not pamper to these rubber neckers (that includes a hell of a lot of Hacks) and watch what is the best golf tournament of the year!
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    A resounding "Hear! Hear!"

  • Comment number 53.

    @john

    Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.

    "take away the power clubs"

    Like he didn't use his driver more than once @ Hoylake in '06? Instead hitting irons round a course measuring over 7250yds. Seem to remember him hitting 6 irons into holes guys were going into with wedges if they avoided the long stuff.

    "the gimmickry"

    No idea what you mean by that.

    "take away the perfect courses which look as though they have been ironed"

    And add in the fact that courses, for instance, like Augusta measured 6800yds 13 years ago (when Woods burst onto the scene) and now measures almost 7500yds.

    Also add in the fact that the greens are quicker and there's an infinite higher number of players who have the games to win a tournament, let alone a major.

    Please don't try and compare eras without being objective, actually just don't bother at all as you didn't a pretty poor job of not letting your obvious affections for the pre-Tiger era coming into it.

  • Comment number 54.

    #10 - This years masters will be no different to other major golf tournaments, tiger woods playing partners will have the same issues this year as they have had every year previous. Playing with tiger has disadvantages. At last year's open tiger had a swarm of around a dozen photographers following him, and he wasn't even in the hunt. These photographers weren't interested in following the games etiquette by giving Tiger's playing partners the same respect, they were all moving around whilst the other players (Westwood & Ishikawa) were playing. The 2010 Master's will be no different.

    Regardless of what tiger has done in his personal life, he is still good for the game of golf, I personally can't wait to see him on the course again, and will be rooting for a strong performance if not a win at Augusta

  • Comment number 55.

    Tiger Tiger Burning Bright in the Forests of Tabloid Night
    What Immortal Hand or Eye has penned thy Fearful Timing?
    And, mores to the point, do any of us really give a hoot?

  • Comment number 56.

    I will be watching the Masters on television when time permits.

    The participation or otherwise of Mr Woods is irrelevant; I would have watched it anyway. Similarly, I will watch the Open and the Ryder Cup irrespective of who takes part. These are extremely important golf events (pace those who dispute that any sporting event merits the description "extremely important") and I hope that they will be exciting to watch.

    What I fervently hope is that the television coverage from Augusta concentrates on the golf, and the performance of the golfers. If Mr Woods does well, it will be right and proper that he gets his fair share of the coverage. Unfortunately, I have a fear that, even if he plays poorly (by his standards) and is out of contention, the cameras will concentrate upon him.

  • Comment number 57.

    Had to be. Woods' massive ego and the pandering US media wouldn't allow him to miss this one.

  • Comment number 58.

    Reply to #13
    I say he is selfish for making a major his comeback, not for choosing to enter, which I completely expected.
    There were less important tournaments (which I wont name for fear of offending someone else) that he could have chosen. His comeback would have been fish & chip paper then, by the time Augusta came round, so saving his playing partners from the big splash.
    It is really a case of etiquette and I stand by my comment - selfish.

  • Comment number 59.

    I would have liked to see him show a bit of a humble side, and perhaps return at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. But regardless of his failings on and off the course, Tiger is a great asset to the game of golf and I'll be glad to see him compete at Augusta this year.

  • Comment number 60.

    He's come back because the sport needs him. he is doing more than any other person for the sport give him a break

  • Comment number 61.

    Obviously, Wood's has learnt nothing from his troubles. This is a perfect example of his arrogance.
    To make a come-back at one of the most important tournaments of the year, knowing full well it will cause a media frenzy, with all it's attendant disruption of the match, is the decision of an arrogant man, who still thinks he's god.
    A more humble person, or one who feels truly chastened, would have returned at a much smaller tournament, so as to dissipate some of that, guaranteed media frenzy before a torunament as important to all players as the 'Masters' is.
    Woods gets no kudos from me for this decision.

  • Comment number 62.

    coxy0001

    and for every Hoylake, there is a Carnoustie !!!!!!

    Take the improvements in the golf bag out of the equation, and return courses to test these players, Woods would not match up to Nicklaus or Watson, or a few others in terms of ability,

    Part of the problem, as with Beckham in football, is the hyperbole that is the press, they create such aura that people get carried away, the truth is Nicklaus and Watson in their pomp playing today would have prospered, you cannot say the same of Woods in his pomp playing in their era.

  • Comment number 63.

    Hmmm, I am interested in this sex addiction treatment on the NHS. Are the courses unisex?? I'm thinking of heading along to one to see if I can get laid, perhaps find a woman suffering from this 'disease' and staple her to the toilet wall perhaps!

    Errrr, Paul Casey to win the Masters.

  • Comment number 64.

    "TV ratings increase 50%" when Tiger is in contention. Where exactly?
    When Tiger failed to make the cut at last year's Open Championship and the venerable Tom Watson displayed true versatility did the audience really drop? Americans are obsessed with TW as they are obsessed with college basketball and gun ownership. CBS may be licking their lips, why are the BBC getting involved?

  • Comment number 65.

    Id just like to say to all of you who have commented saying it is selfish for Woods to come back in the Masters why? because its the biggest tornemant? Hes still a pro golfer who wants to play in the best comps! Also If all of you who are commenting saying you have no interest in what Woods does off the field.....why are you reading / commenting this blog????

  • Comment number 66.

    Woods is the greatest golfer I have ever seen. I feel it is an honour to be around on this earth and be able to watch such a great sportsman.

    His private life is just that, and is no concern to me.

  • Comment number 67.

    It's sad really to see the fall of such a dominant figure in golf. His personal travails have taken their toll. When you watch the archive footage from his 1997 Masters win it's noticeable how much he smiled and was carefree back then. His smile has been conspicuous by it's absence in the last few years... It will never be the same for Tiger. Such a public fall from grace will ultimately make him draw even further away from the limelight. I should think he watches that footage and wishes he could go back to enjoying his golf and life as it was back then when he was such a precocious talent.

  • Comment number 68.

    Still hoping he walks onto the first tee utterly unbranded and looking like Hogan, ripping up his contract with agent Mark Steinberg and Nike as he does so. But following the orchestrated presser and appointing Ari Fliesicher as pr man then I somewhat doubt it.
    But hey , who cares? Utterly. Awesome. Golfer. Flawed human? Yes. but again, who cares. Rip it up TW - as a golf fan, you make it all worthwhile.
    Point of discussion - in a Samson-esque fashion did he get his golfing powers from extra curricular activities? I mean, the missus is always with him at Ryder Cups and his record in that is poor. Just a thought.

  • Comment number 69.

    Just a quick point;
    All the comments relating to how unfair it is on the other players in the field that Tiger is making his comeback at The Masters are a little bit misguided.
    It is not as if your hear them complaining about playing for the vast sums of prize money that have been brought to professional golf across the globe by none other than Tiger Woods.
    Any pro golfer should be relishing the challenge of beating Tiger in a major and should stop moaning about how much coverage he will get instead of them. Sporting competition at the elite level should be about winning not about media attention.
    To the purists like myself Iain, it will always be about who wins and how they did it. And when Tiger wins, it's always worth watching..
    Also, has anyone seen the headline today about John Terry? What is it with people cheating on their wives and then hitting things with their cars? Drive carefully guys (you know who you are..!)

  • Comment number 70.

  • Comment number 71.

    America loves Woods the same way England loves Beckham. Though, Beckham barely had any real accomplishments besides landing Posh. Get off it will ya.

  • Comment number 72.

    The biggest problem for me, as a golf fan, is that I know that what ever happens - who ever wins, all the TV coverage will be focused on Woods. If he's playing during live coverage we will only see flashes of other golfers, regardless of leader board possitions, if he has played earlyer we will have to endure countless re-caps of his play - good or bad!
    I want to watch the championship not just one man, yes I am glad to see him back but I just want to watch the golf!

    To me it would be like watching the Champions League final with the camera only focused on one player (say Rooney) and when he doesn't have the ball you get replays of his earlyer play with the odd bit of the other players!

  • Comment number 73.

    ***In reply to JOHN @ 3.28pm

    Firstly how can you say that woods would not match up to Nicklaus or Watson or "a few others", would you care to elaborate on these few others??? The man has smashed records and is ahead of Nicklaus when comparing them at the same stage in their careers. If they had been around at the same time i would like to think that Jack,Tiger and Tom would have traded many battles with the outcome varying each time. Personally I hope that Woods breaks Nicklaus record, however I also fail to see how to compare people between eras. All that we can do is look at record books, which are not always true reflections on ability, but other than personal opinions are the only middle ground we have.

    Secondly, to say that to take the improvements in the golf bag out of the equation is something that in my eyes should not come into it anyway. Woods uses the most traditional manner of clubs you can use as a professional and has kept them pretty much the same for his entire career, its not his fault that technology has moved on at such a great level, but i can guarentee had he been around with Nicklaus, Watson et al you would have seen the same flair, power and will to win as you do now.

    I find it pretty ignorant that you can easily dismiss such a sporting talent so easily. The man has changed the way the game is played, he has made it arguably as close to a sport as it has ever been, and I mean that in no disrespect to previous generations. Golfers are in the gym as much as many other athletes now - could you truly have said that thirty years ago?

    Yes some argue that he is detrimental to the game and that it relies on him too much, but where would the game be if it were not for him. He has opened up the game to everyone, he has made it cool and more exciting, as well as improving the livelihoods of his fellow professionals as they are rewarded so much more handsomly. I dont dismiss that there are other talented golfers on the planet but who has stepped up to the plate and shown themselves to be able to dominate the sport for over a decade? So please dont disregard such a talented sportsman that i think we should be privileged to have witnessed.

    Also if you truly believe woods at his pomp would not have prospered during the era of watson and nicklaus then I truly do not know what golf channels you have been watching for the past 13 years but im pretty sure its no the same as what the rest of the golfing world have been.

  • Comment number 74.

    Once again it seems Mr Woods is able to dominate the headlines without hiiting a golf ball in anger. The irony of this entire situation is that he has been installed as favourite for The Masters after being away from the game for so long yet he was unable to win any major in 2009 whilst operating full time on the PGA Tour. Who are bookies trying to kid?

  • Comment number 75.

    You have to laugh at all the fuss over the fact Woods will make his comeback this week being apparently "selfish" and the furore this would cause.

    People, get a grip. Whether Woods played at Bay Hill or not would barely change the effect on the media at Augusta. The only difference is the effect it has on Bay Hill. If it wasnt "first tourney" then it would be rebranded "first major". There is ALWAYS a media storm around Woods. The first question that is usually asked when coverage starts is "how is Woods going". We get a Woodsfest of coverage in every event because thats what people want to see (not me personally, but look at the ratings and who do you think their tuning in for? it isnt Zach Johnson or Steve Stricker).

    Also, do people not see, that many players around the game will actually LIKE the fuss being made over Woods. It will allow them to prepare for the tournament without being under the spotlight, under less pressure then otherwise. Imagine the pressure that would have been on the likes of Casey or Poulter to win the thing, and now, its all on Woods.

    I do not agree with what has happened in his private life. But if we are thinking he is the only player in the field not to have cheated on a partner we are living in a dreamworld, sadly.

  • Comment number 76.

    I say he is selfish for making a major his comeback, not for choosing to enter, which I completely expected.
    There were less important tournaments (which I wont name for fear of offending someone else) that he could have chosen. His comeback would have been fish & chip paper then, by the time Augusta came round, so saving his playing partners from the big splash.
    It is really a case of etiquette and I stand by my comment - selfish.

    -----

    As a practical matter, the Masters, as an invitational tournament run by a private club, is the only venue that could handle his return without totally disrupting the event. While playing with Tiger is always a trial, the limited and extraordinarily well-behaved crowds at the Masters make it less so than at any other tournament. Add to this a level of security and a limitation on press credentials that cannot be provided by the PGA tour, and I think it is the perfect venue.

  • Comment number 77.

    Once again it seems Mr Woods is able to dominate the headlines without hiiting a golf ball in anger. The irony of this entire situation is that he has been installed as favourite for The Masters after being away from the game for so long yet he was unable to win any major in 2009 whilst operating full time on the PGA Tour. Who are bookies trying to kid?

    -----

    The bookies aren't trying to kid anyone - they're simply trying to make a living. The odds on any event reflect the money being wagered (or the bookies' expectation thereof). It is a mistake to believe that bookies' odds reflect their beliefs concerning the probability of victory (although, in a perfectly rational world, they should).

  • Comment number 78.

    @coxy0001

    - Ah, right, if it's written on an official list, it MUST be true huh?

    There are many controversial conditions in the realm of Psychology. Some would argue that the massive profits both doctors and drug companies make from the ever growing number of these "conditions" means that they have a vested interest in bringing more of them into official existence.

    Plus, just because it may be an official disease, it certainly doesn't prove that Tiger has been suffering from anything other than egomania.

  • Comment number 79.

    The headline may well prove to be correct, but when people in the media announce, in advance, what they think the news is going to be, then it can become a self-fulfilling prophecy, can't it?

    ...and becomes old news even before the event.

    But thanks for the advance warning.

  • Comment number 80.

    I ask anyone with a fair heart this question. If Tiger was white, would the media be obsessed with his 'personal problems'? NO WAY!!! Another question, if Mickelson had won 14 majors and been #1 for many years and cheated on his wife, would the media treat him the way are treating Tiger? NOT IN A MILLION YEARS!!! Conclusion: Tiger's race is the primary reason why the media want to destroy him. And for those who say that Tiger is being selfish for coming back at the Masters because he is taking away the attention from others, i say that's bull. When did the other players ever showed concern for tiger, they hate his guts so why should he be concern about their feelings?

  • Comment number 81.

    Tiger has played golf for 12+ years...Correct me if I'm wrong about Tiger being the only Pro-Golfer that has received death threats everytime he plays a Major Golf event....I trying to think how can he play when he has this life threating pressure on his mind.

    Do anyone know of any other golf player who has this pressure?

  • Comment number 82.

    Part of the problem, as with Beckham in football, is the hyperbole that is the press, they create such aura that people get carried away, the truth is Nicklaus and Watson in their pomp playing today would have prospered, you cannot say the same of Woods in his pomp playing in their era.

    ---------------

    And part of your problem is you can't be objective and have no idea what you're talking about.

    I'm going to use the perfect example for this - Justin Leonard. Here was a guy that was one of the top players in the world around the middle 90s, at a time when there was just plain old steel headed woods - and he was one of the last to switch from using a persimmon driver. The evolution of balls and drivers allowed your average journeyman to improve, the thing is 'pure' players like Leonard and Loren Roberts got engulfed by the levels the other pros had stepped up by.

    So for you to say Nicklaus and Watson WOULD have been winning majors if they were around today (based on how good they were in their era) is borderline laughable.

    I would also suggest that you go and use the wonderful world of google, because Nicklaus and Watson seem to think that he's going to prove himself the greatest player ever - better than the levels they reached.

    You can bang on about reverting back to poorly presented courses, but i think you can add in the fact near enough every major course is now 7300yds+ long and there are a VAST amount more players capable winning majors than 30 years ago.

    If Tiger was so poor with old wooden drivers and balata balls then why did he win the US Amateur 3 times on the bounce? Not to mention breaking most other amateur records in the process?

    Please, take the rose tinted glasses off and... oh heck, just don't bother

  • Comment number 83.

    TW has chosen the perfect torunament to return to the game. The Masters organisers do not suffer fools. So only those with a genuine interest in the game will be alowed to watch and report on the 4 rounds. There will be no questions from hacks like Carter about his personal life. The attention will be on golf and quite rightls too. Sure the US media, those not allowed near the AN, will try and turn it into a circus. Let them. But those who wil attend and watch the tournament will witness golf and golf alone.

    Boy would I love it if Tigger sank the winning putt. Just love it. Ideally a "fellow" pro who has criticised him in the last 4 months.

  • Comment number 84.

    A few comments say that TV ratings will be a record high for the Masters. But as Captainpig says at #6, these additional viewers are not interested in Golf, or ever will be.

    So why is the ratings increase from these people important to Golf fans? Surely we would be more interested if the increase came from people who might just be inspired to take up the game, take some lessons, join the local club etc... which would benefit grass roots golf. Sir Nick Faldo took up the sport after watching the Masters on TV.

    I'll be watching, as usual, regardless of who is playing. In terms of the coverage, I am sure CBS are the host broadcaster and the BBC can only take their coverage, they have very few if any stand alone cameras outside the studio (hence the ken on the course slots to fill in the CBS ad breaks)

    However I am sure the tournament committee control the CBS feed, so maybe they will insist on balanced coverage to preserve the integrity of the tournament. Anyone remember Gary McCord being 'removed' from commentating duties at the request of the committee after he said the greens looked like they had been "bikini waxed".

  • Comment number 85.

    I am sure many of us live here in the UK. So what if Tiger Woods wants to play Golf. That is where he earns his living.He apologised to the world even though he didnt need to. You are sing Golf should be bigger than any player including Tiger woods? That sounds like pot calling kettle black to me.
    Is the FA here in the UK bigger than some Premiership footballers? No. Or else, Stevie G would have been suspended even by reviewing videos. John Terry did not have to apologise to the whole world, yet no one called for his head. Let Tiger play. If you like, don't watch Golf anymore. Pro Golfers know he is the man to beat all the time. Who hasnt got family problems anyway. Remove the logs in your eyes before you can see the speck in other people's eyes.

  • Comment number 86.

    No. 84 - You said "these additional viewers are not interested in Golf, or ever will be. So why is the ratings increase from these people important to Golf fans?"

    I think I can answer that in 2 parts. First of all, if they are watching it, I think that I can prove that they are interested it. Second, golf is a sport, but it is not a charity sport, for the benefit of the elite, but a business. Indeed, golf is a very lucrative business from the golf clubs, to the golf balls. Unfortunately, nobody provides golf for free, and if they do not turn a profit, they go under. Many profits come from advertisers.

    To my knowledge, the revenue for televised golf has little bearing on the sport. Everything from cars and razor blades, to sanitary products and pre packed foods are advertised during these events.

    Now we all know that 99% of golfers give the rest a bad name. They are elitist, and see the rest of the world as beneath them and sub human. But guess what? The rest of the world drive cars, shave, wash and eat, and the revenue for the competitive sport of golf is not generated by the active golfers, but by the large amounts of smaller insignificant menial people who have the free will to watch if they choose.

    Higher ratings means higher revenues from advertisers who pay for the spectacle. Golf exists in it's present popular form not because of the new guys who take up golf, but the new people who sit down to watch it with their pie and chips.

    Finally, Mr Woods has done more to get people to take up golf than any other man in history.

  • Comment number 87.

    Great to see the Tiger back doing what he does best. There is no such thing as bad publicity, golf in the US and the world has had a slump and this is just the spark that the industry needs to get it growing again.

    I look forward to the next 10 years of Tiger dominance.

    #12 Buymeespresso...If golf is so boring why is it that not just the highest sports earner is a golfer but also the second highest. Woods #1, Mickelson #2. The global appeal of golf as a sport is undeniable. It's the best sport for your kids to learn teaching them integrity, honesty,control of ones emotions to name just a few traits. I suppose you like football where the aim of the game is to cheat the ref.

  • Comment number 88.

    First thing, Woods needs to take an independent Drugs test. To ensure that he is completely clean.

  • Comment number 89.

    Personally i welcome back Tiger. Golf needs him, the sponsers need him and tv needs him. What he did is now done, over, finished. Will he win the masters! I doubt it. Fresh out of the blocks its unlikely, although it does throw my betting plan up in the air. As for bloggers commenting on golf being boring. Why are you on these pages anyway.

  • Comment number 90.

    Tiger will prove himself once again to be the greatest golfer of alltime to all the golf fans that love him for his presence on the golf course and respect everything he has brought to the game.

  • Comment number 91.

    No. 86 - Thanks for the response (although you could have used my user id to address me, no 84 sounds so like my average round!)

    Anyway, you miss my point. I am well aware of the input the corporate world has on golf, the TV ratings and how this drives the sponsorship revenue, but that begs the question, what does that do for me on a Saturday when I tee off in the medal?

    As far as I can see it;

    Increases the cost of my equipment as the manufacturers have to cover the cost of sponsoring the players

    Increases the cost of my clothing as the manufacturers have to cover the cost of sponsoring the players

    Increases the cost of my car/razor/beer as the manufacturers have to cover the cost of advertising during the tournament

    Increases the cost of my subs as there are fewer players joining my club as they sit on the couch eating chips, reading heat magazine during the ads.

    So the question stands, "Why is the ratings increase from these people important to Golf fans?"

    You said that Golf exists in it's present popular form not because of the new guys who take up golf, but the new people who sit down to watch it with their pie and chips.

    Perhaps, but is this is at the heart of my point. In the UK I am delighted broadcasters such as Skysports resist the temptation to follow the amount of commercial breaks as the US stations and we always have the good old Beeb who, in my opinion, cover the Open Championship better than any other station could due to the unique nature of their no break coverage.

    Finally, my Golf club and many in my area, are not for profit organisations who put the profits made back into the local community and if anything is left, reduce our subs the following year. You can keep your commercial world, I just want to play golf.

    You don't work for a Bank do you?

  • Comment number 92.

    Re: #80 Gedislander

    As YOU have played the race card, I am interested as follows. None of the women Woods is alleged to have had affairs with is black. All white or Hispanic, mostly blonde (even if out of a bottle).
    What do you think this says for HIS endorsements and is the reason he wouldn't choose the Oprah show for his 'apology'?
    Your honest opinion would be valued

  • Comment number 93.

    @ sportmadgav - no 87

    you write re golf - " its the best sport for your kids to learn teaching them integrity, honsety,control of ones emotions "

    i assume you mean thats on the course and not off it . Over the last 3 months parents up and down the land have been trying to explain the headlines surrounding Tiger's absence from the game of golf.

  • Comment number 94.

    To smilingSpongemuffin: actually could not have put it any better myself. He is and always will be a hero

  • Comment number 95.

    47----John McPheators

    Stick to the day job.

  • Comment number 96.

    We all know woods is a great golfer,and could possibly be the greatest of all time. But dont you think a little humility or even gentlemenly conduct would go a long way? This game is the best sport going,it is not just about being the best at the game itself,it is about carrying on the fundamental ideals as a whole. I dont think the game has been damaged by this,but maybe cruelly dragged into the 21st century.Woods is an icon to a lot of young and aspiring golfers,but I think there is a massive field of pro golfers out there who could give the fans a better perspective of the game. Its not all about the you know.

  • Comment number 97.

    In all that has been said, my biggest wish is not so much him winning the tourney, I would like him to finish in the top 5, but to AT&T, Gatorade, Accenture and Gillette-he does not need your money, the guy is and will be the richest sportsman ever on this planet, even without these sponsors-who by the way made him so rich, the guys earning power is remarkable on and off the golf course considering he plays less than 20% of the PGA Tour and wins about 60% of those or at least finish in the top 5 and I applaud NIKE and others who have stuck by him- like Elin seems to have done, he does not deserve it, but who does? He has a second chance and I wish them both the best, like I wish him well at the Masters. He is going to get stick from spectators, no matter what people say, but one thing for sure, the guy has such mental aptitude, that I hope it keeps him in good stead over the first two days and hopefully till Sunday. People who say that he has not played well at Augusta the past few years are wrong, Woods has been in the shake up of things going into the last round, he just can't get that 3 or 4 under par to snatch victory.

    I would bet that whoever opens up the show on the first day, within their first 25 words, Tigers name will be mentioned. Bigger than the game? I am not too sure about that, but if you have been looking at the TV ratings since he has been out and compare it to him in the field, it makes you wonder. Even the golfers want him back as without him being there, victory is hollow, put an * against it.

  • Comment number 98.

    I wonder if he'll hire "seat-fillers" to plug the gaps in the gallery?

  • Comment number 99.

    Rankis - no, I do not work for a bank. I am an underwater speleologist.

    I have read your response carefully. First, I thank you for taking the time to spa with me on this subject.

    I read lot about what it will do for you. As you know, you are just one need. The truth is, in a free and capitalist market, you do not have to choose the brands which sponsor the tournaments, and therefore it does not increase the costs to you personally. It does only if you choose to.

    Your script essentially is against advertising.

    Also, you focus on golfers and golf, and as I mentioned previously, the advertising is aimed at non golf players as much as anyone else.

    Buzzardstubble - you have said that Tiger woods is racist as he has slept with predominantly white women. Think about what you have just written.

    Ultimately, gladiatorsport said it aptly, that no true professional golfer wants to win the masters, only to find a * against the year.

  • Comment number 100.

    The WOODS VS Nicklaus debate will rage on.
    To me....the latter will always be the epitome of a golfer
    Did I see Jack hit a bad shot....I did
    Did I see Woods hit a bad one....I did
    Did I see Jack swear and throw a club or bang it into the turf? I did not
    Did I see Woods swear and throw a club or bang it into the turf? I did
    Did I see Nick spit? I did not
    Did I see Woods spit? I did, a sickening number of times
    Did I see Nick storm off a golf course when he failed to win? I did not
    Did I see Woods storm off a golf course when he failed to win? I did & far too often

    I rest my case

 

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