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SBD/Issue 64/Leagues & Governing Bodies
Tiger On Hiatus: When May Woods Return To PGA Tour Action?
Published December 14, 2009
|Arnold Palmer Invitational Seen As Possible
Event Tiger May Target For His Return
MIGHT BE OUT FOR A WHILE: In N.Y., Hank Gola noted if Woods does not return for The Masters, "he will certainly be back for the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach" in June (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 12/12). In West Palm Beach, Andrew Abramson noted Woods can "expect rough treatment from the tabloid British press" if he returns in time for July's British Open at St. Andrews (PALM BEACH POST, 12/13). The AP's Jim Litke wrote if Woods does not play in The Masters, "it becomes possible to imagine him letting the rest of the season go." Woods already has won majors at both Pebble Beach and St. Andrews, so he "might rarely have a better chance at the calendar Grand Slam" (AP, 12/12). ESPN’s Mike Tirico: “Any thoughts as to putting a dartboard on a calendar and try and figure out when that would be would be pure guessing and somewhat irresponsible” ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 12/12).
DON'T SHOOT FOR ANOTHER GREEN JACKET: In Augusta, Scott Michaux wrote coming back for The Masters "would be a grave public relations mistake" for Woods. The gesture would "seem hollow if he resurfaced in time to pursue a grand slam," and he instead "makes a statement if you take that entire notion off the table by skipping the Masters and the Players and writing off at least half of the season" (AUGUSTA CHRONICLE, 12/13). In Charlotte, Scott Fowler: "How long is the break? I really hope Tiger doesn't know. If he does -- if he's already penciling himself in for the 2010 Masters in April as usual, for instance -- that's very cynical" (CHARLOTTEOBSERVER.com, 12/11).
Woods Could Become Bigger Target
To Hecklers When He Rejoins Tour
PONDERING A PERMANENT VACATION: In Dallas, Tim Cowlishaw wondered, "What if Tiger Woods never comes back?" It would be an "awful thing for the game of golf and the world of sports." Woods leaving golf "at the prime of his career would be far more damaging to his sport" than Cavaliers F LeBron James leaving the NBA or Cardinals 1B Albert Pujols retiring from MLB. Golf would "be forever tarnished if he walked away from the game" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 12/12).