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    Brit Hume: Convert, Tiger!
    The hilarious social commentators at Red State Update "pray" for Tiger Woods.

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    Since his little affairs have come to light, several of Tiger Woods's sponsors have decided to drop him.

    However, Pfizer has decided to sponsor him. They are making a new drug called Tiagra! It's good for 18 holes.
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    Default New’ Tiger eyes controlled return

    For Tiger Woods it appears a controlled environment will win out over a chance for a competitive one.

    Tiger is “likely” to stage his return to golf at the Masters according to The Associated Press. If so, the April 8-11 tournament will end what will be a self-imposed (and mostly unnecessary) four-month hiatus from the PGA Tour after revelations he had more than a dozen girlfriends, news that was disconcerting to his wife, Elin.

    His other option was the Arnold Palmer Invitational, a tune-up tournament in his hometown of Orlando in late March. It would’ve allowed him at least a chance to get back into form while playing a favorable course he’s won six times, including each of the last two years. Then he could’ve attacked Augusta with an eye on a fifth green jacket.

    The difference though is control. The Masters has a lot of it – over the media, over the gallery, over the atmosphere on its fabled grounds.

    The Palmer Invitation at Bay Hill is your typical free-flowing golf tournament, where the players’ locker room is open to media, the public can get rowdy and the opportunity for opportunists is everywhere.

    The Masters greatly limits both the number and type of media allowed to attend. There’ll be no TMZ at the “turniment” (at least officially). The players’ dressing room is off limits to reporters. The club, which Woods is a member due to his four championships, can protect him in ways no one else can.

    When Woods rushed to give his apology speech, his handlers explained he had to return to rehab and it couldn’t wait. It turned out his second stint was just a week, so that wasn’t really true.

    The timing was clearly designed to create as much space between his mea culpa and his return. It allowed the public time to get over the initial reaction and begin longing for him to just get back to hitting golf balls.

    Woods has even retained former Bush White House spokesman Ari Fleischer to help his already sizeable marketing team with the spin, according to the New York Post. Fleischer’s sports public relations company has also handled the unpopular Bud Selig, the hated Bowl Championship Series and the disgraced slugger Mark McGwire, whose recent “steroids admission” was short on actual truth.

    This is the state of Tiger Woods’ desperation, hiring a PR firm that’s hasn’t been successful at helping even the most down and out entities in sports.

    If that’s Tiger’s state of mind, then Augusta was probably the right call. He’ll have a chance to return with some dignity, which should be his right. As much as possible, he can concentrate on playing golf. He can begin reminding the public why they liked him in the first place.

    The Palmer Invitational would’ve been bold, would’ve said he’d go right into the teeth of the reaction and would’ve signaled he still considered the Masters a place to win, not rehab.

    The old Tiger would’ve done just that. This is the new Tiger Woods though, in every way imaginable.


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    Default Every tournament between now and Augusta readies for Tiger

    Nobody knows when Tiger will return, but every tournament between now and Augusta is getting ready, just in case they draw the golden ticket.

    Amid reports that Woods has been spotted working with swing coach Hank Haney, tournament organizers are scrambling to prepare for a media onslaught unlike any they've ever seen before. And while we don't know if Tiger will return at Bay Hill in a couple weeks, or at the Transitions or Houston Open -- or, indeed, if he'll return at all anytime soon -- planners have to get ready for the possibility.

    "Historically, he hasn’t played the week before the Masters," Steve Timms, tournament director of the Houston Open, told Golfweek. "But these are unusual times. We’re prepared from a security and media standpoint. We’ve been watching the media closely, and we’ve had some weird [credential requests]." One can only guess what those requests might be.

    It's a dicey situation for the tournaments. On one hand, they don't want to let in every sleazoid gossip rag and risk offending both Woods and the PGA Tour. On the other, they're in business to get exposure for themselves and their sponsors, and they'd have the world's eyes on them if Woods returns.

    So everybody's making preparations, spending more money and time to allot extra space and security for media. (Augusta, which wouldn't let the President in if it didn't feel like it, is making no such alterations to its normal routine.)

    Of course, Tiger could make things much easier on everybody by not pulling his usual routine of waiting until the last second to register for tournaments. His management team has hinted that he'll give more notice this time, which would sure be nice.

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    What a relief. With him coming back to Golf, I can start buying Gillete products again....

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    Nike hasn't turned it's back on Tiger -- the midtown Nike Town has big pics of him all over the place.

    Get back on the links and show who's King, Mr. Woods!

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    See if he can still handle his putts.

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    Default Steve Stricker not quite thrilled about Tiger at Augusta

    First off, Tiger Woods -- or at least a poorly-impersonated version thereof -- will be on South Park this Wednesday. Awesome. If there are any family-friendly clips, we'll have 'em.

    Over the weekend, we received no more clues about when Woods might return -- it might be later this month, it might be at Augusta, it might be the seventh of never.

    Bob Harig of ESPN.com snagged a solid interview with the best golfer in the world now actively playing. (That would be Steve Stricker.) The topic was, of course, Mr. Woods, and Stricker had some interesting thoughts about Woods' prospective return at The Masters:

    "Whenever he comes back it's going to draw a lot of attention to that tournament and the focus is going to be on him coming back. I don't know if Augusta would like that to happen, you know? To turn it into Tiger's comeback instead of the Masters Tournament itself."

    Bear in mind, this is a guy who considers Woods a friend, but who hasn't heard from him since the accident in November. And if he feels comfortable enough to
    suggest that perhaps Woods shouldn't turn Augusta into his own personal coming-out party, you've got to figure there's similar sentiment throughout the
    clubhouse.

    Oh, and in a reminder of who continues to really run the show in golf, check this headline from PGA.com: "Finchem hopes Woods gives PGA a little notice when
    he returns." When the PGA Tour commissioner admits that he's in thrall to Woods' whims, well, that tells you all you need to know.

    Put it this way -- if Woods announces when he'll return early in a week, with plenty of advance notice to allow a tournament to prepare for the onslaught of
    press and fans, you'll know he's taking this whole remorse thing seriously. But if he does as he's always done, waiting until the last moment to announce and making an entire industry work overtime to accommodate him, you'll know he doesn't care about the game or its fans nearly as much as he cares about himself.






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    Ah, yes ... the long honorable game of golf must be upheld at all costs.

    Augusta National Golf Club opened it's membership to blacks only in 1990.

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    Then why are Cheetahs allowed to come back? Ha!!

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    After all, we all know how important it is to have good maritial status to play golf.

    I mean, what will all the kids think if they see someone like Tiger playing??!?!?!

    How will Nike sell it's SHOES or Gillette its...... GEL!?!?!?!?!?

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    The topic was, of course, Mr. Woods, and Stricker had some interesting thoughts about Woods' prospective return at The Masters:

    "Whenever he comes back it's going to draw a lot of attention to that tournament and the focus is going to be on him coming back. I don't know if Augusta would like that to happen, you know? To turn it into Tiger's comeback instead of the Masters Tournament itself."

    Put it this way -- if Woods announces when he'll return early in a week, with plenty of advance notice to allow a tournament to prepare for the onslaught of press and fans, you'll know he's taking this whole remorse thing seriously.
    This is nonsense from a PGA member who should know better.

    Even in non-controversy years, Augusta is the most tightly controlled venue in sports. All media is accredited, so there won't be a feeding frenzy of non-golf questions (assuming any press conference is conducted). There's a long list of rules, where you can go, what you can do; break them and you're escorted off the grounds.

    From that standpoint, the Masters is the perfect place for Woods to return. The negative for him is the pressure of the tournament, and the worldwide coverage it will get.

    TV will love it. May turn out to be the most watched golf tournament in history.

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    I think he is afraid of losing.

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    It's official ... Plenty of advance notice, so other players will have to stop moaning.

    Tiger Woods Returning To Golf At The Masters

    Marks End Of 4-Month Hiatus Since Scandal Broke

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    Tiger Woods said Tuesday he will return to golf next month at the Masters, ending a four-month hiatus brought on by a sex scandal that shattered his image as the gold standard in sports.

    "The Masters is where I won my first major and I view this tournament with great respect," Woods said in a statement. "After a long and necessary time away from the game, I feel like I'm ready to start my season at Augusta."

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    I'll bet Woods stays on the Augusta grounds during the tournament, rather than at a hotel. So E! reporters won't be able to tail his car.

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