Tiger's US Masters return is a measured move

Published 16/03/2010 21:05:16

Tiger Woods today announced he'll be back from his self-imposed hiatus from golf in time for the US Masters on the 8th of April. Here's a snippet of his latest statement, measured as ever:


"I have undergone almost two months of inpatient therapy and I am continuing my treatment. Although I'm returning to competition, I still have a lot of work to do in my personal life.

"When I finally got into a position to think about competitive golf again, it became apparent to me that the Masters would be the earliest I could play. I called both Joe Lewis and Arnold Palmer and expressed my regrets for not attending the Tavistock Cup and the Arnold Palmer Invitational. I again want to thank them both for their support and their understanding. Those are fantastic tournaments and I look forward to competing in them again."


The Masters is a perfect event for Woods to return. Why? Because the atmosphere at Augusta is unlike all other majors of golf. There'll be controlled crowds - tickets for what is arguably the most prestigious event in golf are hard to come by. Arnold Palmer agreed with this assessment:


"Augusta is the one place in the world where you can really have control. They will control everything from the crowds to the situation that will be facing Tiger." Palmer said.


John Daly was also in agreement, highlighting the nature of Augusta's ticketing system (the general golfing public would kill for tickets to the event):


"Tiger doesn't have anything to prove to anybody. He'll be focused on what he needs to do. The thing about Augusta is it's not like you can just walk in and buy a ticket, so it's tough and there's less crowds." Daly said.


Tiger will probably still be in some turmoil right now, and what he needs is an environment where he can concentrate on the one thing he's good at. No, he won't be taking a job at Hooters, he'll be adding trophies to his haul.


Bookmakers' favourite

No sooner has Woods announced his return to golf than UK bookies William Hill have made him 4-1 favourite to win the event.


“All the major courses are Tiger’s favourites, so despite a terrible beginning we think that 2010 will end up being terrific for Tiger,” William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams said in a statement. 


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