March 12th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

What kind of reception for Tiger if he returns at Masters?


FILE PHOTO: Tiger Woods poses with his trophy after the final round of the 2009 Australian Masters on November 15 in Melbourne. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

After months of hiding out, the implosion of his personal life and squeaky clean reputation... and lots and lots of therapy - Tiger Woods might soon play golf again.

The AP reports Woods will likely play for the first time at the Masters in April - and there are other reports he could play at Bay Hill in the Arnold Palmer Invitational later this month. His agent says "no decision has been made yet."

But just imagine the TV ratings if he returns. In the past couple weeks - Woods has been practicing near his Florida home, including work with his swing coach.

Woods hasn't played in a tournament for four months - since November 15th - when he won the Australian Masters. Less than two weeks after his 82nd career victory - he crashed his SUV into a tree near his home in the middle of the night... which launched an avalanche of creepy revelations about his infidelities.

When Woods made his first public appearance last month in that tightly scripted, awkward event at PGA Headquarters... he said he would play golf again and didn't rule out this year.

Meanwhile - it's more than his golf swing that needs work. Tiger is also working on him image - which was more badly damaged than his SUV. He has lost a boatload of valuable sponsors not to mention the respect of many fans. There are reports that Woods has hired former Bush White House press secretary Ari Fleischer, who owns a PR sports firm, to help plan his comeback.

And the Masters may be a pretty good place to do it... Tiger has won there four times... plus it's the only tournament where the media aren't allowed inside the ropes.

Here’s my question to you: If Tiger Woods returns at the Masters, what kind of reception will he get?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 5pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

And, we love to know where you’re writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.

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soundoff (152 Responses)
  1. Susan Frost

    Really! Haven't you people beaten this horse to death yet? Leave the man alone and let him earn a living, for Heaven's sake!

    Tuscaloosa AL

    March 12, 2010 at 3:13 pm |
  2. Greg

    Who cares?!? You have double digit unemployment, 30 million people without health care, Trillions of dollars in debt, your young men and women are serving in two wars and you have time to think about an unfaithful pro golfer? Any wonder America is going down the tubes.

    March 12, 2010 at 3:14 pm |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    Frankly, I couldn't care less.

    March 12, 2010 at 3:15 pm |
  4. Frank in Valparaiso Indiana

    Well, I'd stay away from 9 irons and trees....

    March 12, 2010 at 3:18 pm |
  5. John from Alabama

    Jack: Tiger will not get a good reception by the public at first. He might need extra security around him. Police might have to remove people who make cat calls and use loud langauge while putting. Eventually, people will get over his bad moral decisions, and watch him for the great golfer he is to the game. The first major win will bring him back into golf great ones, and then watch out, if Tiger gets his focus for the game of golf back, watch out. Remember, Americans love a winner.

    March 12, 2010 at 3:18 pm |
  6. Loren, Chicago

    Tiger's reception will be mixed. There are always those who think that a public figure's personal life has nothing to do with his professional life, and those who believe the opposite. Personally, my view is that most sports figures are narcisisstic dolts who should be ignored at every opportunity.

    March 12, 2010 at 3:19 pm |
  7. Frank

    Lessee, fans, Tiger's cheering section, Tiger's kids in diapers. Whole bleacher full.

    March 12, 2010 at 3:19 pm |
  8. Jane (Minnesota)

    Who cares – I certainly don't!

    March 12, 2010 at 3:20 pm |
  9. ROD Chicago

    Im in the camp that beleives that the only person he needs to apologize to is his wife. Obviously, everyone from fans to sponsers to the PGA itself will be thrilled at his return to golf.

    March 12, 2010 at 3:21 pm |
  10. Terry, Chandler AZ

    I hope he makes his return prior to The Masters. His first appearence will be a more dramatic story than the golf. It will be a media circus. Therefore he should return prior to The Masters to get most of the circus atmosphere out of the way. The Masters needs to be about golf and not the return of Tiger.

    March 12, 2010 at 3:21 pm |
  11. Lori - PA


    As I don't watch golf, I could care less.

    March 12, 2010 at 3:22 pm |
  12. michael

    I have 2 medical degrees, one from the UK and one from the US however I have never heard of the term "sex addiction".
    It is amazing how our society invent such broad terms to justify the obvious; infidelity.
    If a man is addicted to sex, why cannot he just have sex with his wife and not every other woman he meets?
    Or may be he was misdiagnosed and the addiction is not to sex but to golf!! the man is just so addicted to golf that he simply aims at every hole he encounters??

    March 12, 2010 at 3:25 pm |
  13. Helen

    Who cares? The public already moved on from that story.

    March 12, 2010 at 3:29 pm |
  14. Jim Z..Ft. Worth...Texas

    Jack, I would expect Tiger would be met with the harlots from the press and in harem sized number's.

    March 12, 2010 at 3:37 pm |
  15. Fred

    Jack, I'm sure PETA will protest!
    Ocala, FL

    March 12, 2010 at 3:38 pm |
  16. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    It will be ugly at times unless he makes some great shots and gets the people behind him, but some will still be booing. Who am I to judge another person when I've never walked a step in their shoes. Go get'm Tiger.

    March 12, 2010 at 3:39 pm |
  17. slotl Marietta, Ga

    Who cares. Oh yeah, the sponsors and the PGA. They see dollar signs, everyone else sees a broken man who created his own circus.

    March 12, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  18. Jim


    Crowd peer pressure will probably keep jeering to a minimum, but I doubt there will be much enthusiasm either. Probably the best he can hope for is tepid applause.

    Reno, Nevada

    March 12, 2010 at 3:47 pm |
  19. Ralph McFarland

    Well one thing's for sure Jack, it won't be a wedding reception.
    Ralph- Corpus Christi, Texas

    March 12, 2010 at 3:51 pm |
  20. David Rand

    He will once again be a hero...He is TIGER!
    His personal life is his personal life....We need the Golfer back.

    March 12, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
  21. K

    I don't watch gold so who cares. Besides Tiger's problems are of a personal nature (as in none of my business) not his professional skill.

    March 12, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
  22. Carl

    If I were there, it would be boos and hisses.

    March 12, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
  23. Kyle, Irvine, CA

    The TV ratings for The Masters would sky rocket if Tiger Woods is playing. The fans will forgive him when he wins some big tournaments, do some community service to clean up his image, and strive to reconcile with his wife. It will take Tiger about 3 years to overcome all this. That's about how long it took for Kobe Bryant.

    March 12, 2010 at 4:13 pm |
  24. T. Thomas in Abilene,Tx.

    Hopefully, the guy will just be allowed to do his job. However, I am intrigued by some other information in your piece.Is Ari Fleischer also in charge of retooling Bush's image? Just asking.

    March 12, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
  25. Jack in Boynton Beach FL

    Having followed golf on television and also being a player I say "Who cares?". Tiger is just another overpaid and over idolized sports star.
    The media will fawn all over him and his sponsors will hand him checks. Players come and go. The game remains.

    March 12, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
  26. Mr. D

    It is amazing what a little PR and time will do for one's image. Most people will separate his personal behavior from his golf game. People like winners not losers. In our society his perfection on the golf course will, for good or bad in the eyes of the public, rise above his personal imperfections. He could, however, have a problem with some of his fellow golfers.

    March 12, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
  27. Cheryl in Bluffton, SC

    The Masters is the perfect venue for Tiger's return. The crowd there is serious about golf – not just Tiger – and better behaved. There will be less chance of heckling and a greater chance of a triumphant return.

    March 12, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
  28. JR MULE'

    The reception Tiger Woods WILL GET at the Masters and HOW SHOULD he be received at that Tournament, require two very distinct answers:
    1) Sports Fans will shower this professional with the kind of reverence his exciting career- play demands: applauding, bowing and scraping before the Prince, (if not King), of Golfers.
    2) His off-the-field conduct however, deserves the silent treatment, at least, and more appropriately, a showing of disgust and disdain from every human being .
    And it is not just because of the out-of control and obsessive way in which he flauted moral law by his conduct towards his wife and their marriage. Rather, it is because, like so many high-profile individuals caught with their hand in that euphemistic cookie jar, he has fobbed off that conduct as an 'addiction', which will be cured by a few months at a clinic you and I would consider a dream vacation, down to the chocolate candy on his pillow.
    As long as we treat celebrities and role models with an all too easy forgiveness, there will be no need for our heros to hide their feet of clay. If and when caught, the price they pay will remain a half-hearted mea culpa and some time in forced exile.
    JR MULE'
    Greenville, SC

    March 12, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
  29. Bud Rupert

    That is a hell of a question Jack. Nobody knows for sure but I imagine it will be a pretty enthusiastic – "welcome back" – reception.

    He is finally made out to be human like the rest of us. A real live person who possesses a super human talent but with his share of real world problems – just like us.

    March 12, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  30. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Jack Cafferty and CNN friends,

    If Eldrick Tont Woods returns at the Masters,
    he will probably get a cold reception.
    If he plays golf very well,
    the crowed will like him again.

    Let us Now make our world
    a Better Healthier and Beautiful World
    for You and for Me!

    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Country: Suriname

    March 12, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
  31. Reynard

    Once Tiger starts winning, he will start making people money. Once people start making money, the attutude towards Tiger will change. Money is more important in this society than any of his misstresses or his wife and kids for that matter. Let's hope he takes a page from Kobe Bryant's book and wins. Dead presidents make live people do the strangest things.... and forget the strangest things too.

    March 12, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
  32. Ann from Hampton, New Jersey

    Golf is attended basically by men who do not care what extra curricular activities the players are involved in. Therefore, I believe he will be well received. Any women attending with their husbands, who are ready to give him a round of applause, should give them a nudge and a shake of the head.

    March 12, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
  33. Ryan from Wisconsin

    Does anyone really care anymore? I know I don't.

    March 12, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
  34. Bizz Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    Tiger will probably get a mixed reception with boos mixed in. Then if starts playing golf like he is capable of and makes one of his sensational shots, then all will be forgiven. Tiger needs golf and golf needs tiger. That is why all will be forgiven.

    March 12, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
  35. Gary H. Boyd

    Since Americans have a fetish for bad guys, my guess is he'll get a standing ovation. The truth of that being the list of bad boys from all walks of life who have weathered their own storms and gone on to even greater success
    But, If he does return, it will most likely be without the wife and kiddies since I don't perceive a standing ovation coming from them.

    Gary Boyd in Scottsdale, Arizona

    March 12, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
  36. Jeff Crocket in New Brtain, CT

    The insular world of golf will be elated to have him back! He is the King!
    I know I will. Go Tiger 15 under par return!

    March 12, 2010 at 4:37 pm |
  37. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Ifhe wins it will be like it never happened.

    March 12, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  38. bob, oshawa, ontario

    Jack, he will probably get a decent reception at the Masters. It will offer him a bit of media protection and will be the event where he can get his feet wet, so to speak, to ease his way back into competition. He will also have the benefit of mixing with an elite group of people who can commiserate with one another on a level he would not necessarily feel as comfortable with if he were thrown into a sports environment where fans could be free to express their derision or acceptance while he competes. In other worlds, he doesn't have to contend with brutish characters whose antics would make his appearance more uncomfortable than it might be.

    March 12, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  39. Lynn, Jefferson City

    Aren't there more important issues in the US such as passing Health Reform? Who cares about Tiger?

    March 12, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  40. RON ST. PAUL, MN

    Tiger will get a good reception when he returns. The PGA needs Tiger to come back. I don't know this for sure, but TV ratings might be down. too. The TV networks need Tiger back also.

    March 12, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  41. Tony from Southport

    I'm sure there will be many "hole in one" kind of jokes from the players, and the fans love a good golfer. You don't have to be honorable to play golf, especially when so many are watching and counting your strokes.

    March 12, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  42. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, I would say the reception will be one of relief from the golf world, and a feeding frenzy for the media who will undoubtedly hound this guy to death, hoping to gather another grain of dirt. I really do not understand why the media believes that the majority of people care very much about a guy ( and I don't care WHO he is) cheating on his wife. Young people do stupid things, sometimes they learn, some times they don't. Leave the guy alone.

    March 12, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  43. Liz, Los Angeles, CA

    In all probability, he'll get a hero's welcome because he's a fantastic golfer, lots of fun to watch, etc. However, as good as his golf game is, nobody not living under a rock will ever think of him in the same terms again. Personally, I will leave the room when the camera is on him.

    March 12, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  44. Jeff in Houston, Texas

    More importantly, why would anyone care? He hits a ball with a stick, albiet he does that rather well. Oh well.

    In another example of totally screwed up American priorities, we will have bobble heads on both sides, and every empty-minded sports fan will be there to watch.

    So really Jack, what difference does it make?

    March 12, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  45. Joe CE

    If sports figures happen to be good people that great but not an issue with resoect to participating.

    March 12, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  46. george coleman

    george from crofton, kentucky
    if he has really been truthful and all is behind him, he will receive a very cool welcome by the players and fans unless he makes a public and private appology to the PGA . I hope he has come clean and he can continue his career. However; if he hasn't come clean, he may as well hang 'em up.

    March 12, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  47. Steve, Clifton, VA

    Can't speak for anyone else but will extend a a Warm and loving reception as the reason that I so look forward to this particular time of year is centered around GOLF and GOLF which includes Tiger Woods. I suspect that the networks will share my gratitude and appreciation for Tiger's return to golf!!

    March 12, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  48. steve- virginia beach

    I don't know but what I do know is that if he gets a reception any different than what he would ordinarily get, it will be because of the news-media-turned-papparazzi, playing to folks with an intrusive voyeuristic nature, not because of anything he did. His private life is just that- private and none of our business.

    March 12, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  49. Bev -

    The kind that says, here is a man who violated the kind of ethics expected by all members of society to uphold, made apologies to whom he had to make them, wife, colleagues, media, sponsors employees, mom, fans and even his dogs and cats. I am not a fan of his, but I consider his humanity. This man did not commit murder, kill medical doctors, blew up planes or buildings or abuse children (The kind of crimes that make people's blood boil). I am confused as to why the media wants to keep persecuting Tiger Woods. By now we all know about the 50 women and the rehab. Consider now this man as a father of children who need at least an opunce of consideration.

    March 12, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  50. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    Tiger will get a warm welcome home. People will be curious if he still "has it" and will tune in to see if he does or not. Will the wife be there? The Mother? Unfortunately,Tiger has made his life an open tabloid so golf's ratings may ultimately increase even more than before because of this gossippy nature of his return. I never watched golf before Tiger and will be watching again once he returns.

    March 12, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  51. Arine Ward

    Come on Tiger!!! Come Back and Show us the Sportsman side of you! The public has tried to make a mockery of you...but you will stand strong and tall!!! You aired all your dirty laundry, now let those that oppose you look into the mirror and see what they see....for you have exposed to some and allowed others to see ...that even what they have at home isn't picture perfect....

    March 12, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  52. Arine Ward

    Many people can't stand the fact that Tiger is and will come back! They see him as a cheater...when most are airing their feelings to the world because they didn't get the chance to lash out at anyone for their cheating spouses indescretions!!! Misery Loves Company! Don't join them Tiger!

    March 12, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  53. Bob Tampa Fl

    He would get a warm reception. Most people believe personal lives, are personal.

    March 12, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  54. Nancy, Tennessee

    Just like time heals divots on the golf course, time will heal the frustration fans and fellow golfers have felt toward Tiger. The Masters is a geat place to make a comeback because the strict rules enforced on conduct there will keep anyone from telling Tiger what they really think. His reception may be a little cool, but it will be civil – the tournament demands it.

    March 12, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  55. Simon/Orlando

    Absolute media mayhem. He should return earlier so he won't distract from the first of the four majors. The game should be more important than any one player. Especially the Masters.

    March 12, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  56. Gail, Plano,Texas

    Don't know, Jack and don't care. Not one iota!

    March 12, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  57. The Broker.

    "I guess it's business as usual for him. most of who watches golf are men, Not me though. I don't watch TV, and I never go to an open."

    March 12, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  58. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    I think that he will get a very good welcome, I've always believed that if a person wants to run around on their wife then get a divorce and go after it. I think he made a big mistake but I don't believe it will ever happen again, this has been a wakeup call that he'll never forget and he shouldn't. I wish him all the luck and I'm one hundred percent behind him.

    March 12, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  59. Layne Alleman

    Jack, From the serious golf fans? I doubt they give a hoot about his personal life, they're only interested in watching him play the game. From the celebrity chasers and media goofs? They'll tear him apart as they always do, because "it's their job". What it really is, is a GAME, nothing more, nothing less. Okay everyone, TIME TO GET A LIFE!!!!! Layne A. Antioch, Il.

    March 12, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  60. Diane from Post Falls, ID

    Golf is a game made up of respect, respect for the rules as well as the players. People watch Tiger because of the respect they have for how well he plays as it should be and that is how he should be received. Granted he hit a road bump in his life, but you have to admit when you are young, extremely wealthy you have to say congratulations on keeping it under wraps for as long as he did. Am sure he has learned a valuable lesson personally and financially, if he has then we need to respect him for that portion of his life. I am glad he is returning to golf, he is the only reason I watch it – he makes the game fun. None of us can look in the mirror and say we are perfect we are just not made up that way.

    March 12, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  61. Greg H - Minneapolis

    Jack, is this what kind of reception SHOULD he get, or what kind of reception WILL he get? He should be judged on his ability, but too many will judge him on his marital indiscretions, such as all of the advertisers falling over themselves dropping him as a spokesman. And worse, the TV commentators who cover the Masters will not be able to avoid talking about the affairs, excusing that because they think the people want to know. If people want to know about Tiger's affairs, I suggest they peruse the supermarket tabloids. Otherwise, let's play golf!

    March 12, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  62. John, Fort Collins, CO

    I can picture it now as Tiger addresses the ball on the first tee: polite applause from the crowd that paid a small fortune to be there, followed by excited whispers in a British accent from the television announcer as he fights to control his bladder. It will be the biggest golf match in history.

    March 12, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  63. JJ Moran

    who cares? grow up! we have more pressing issues than a guy hitting a little ball around in the grass.

    March 12, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  64. lesley covey

    tiger who ?

    March 12, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  65. Remo, from beautiful downtown Pflugerville, Texas

    He should be greeted with respect. If Washington lawmakers can get away with cheating, then Tiger certainly should. After all it was his personal life, he didn't do the public any harm. We is accountable only to his family and a few friends. If people are offended by his actions, will tough, grow up. He chose to do what he did of his own free will and with others who chose to do so of their own free will.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  66. aristokratic anarchist

    why not just wait to find out??? jeez

    March 12, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  67. Annie, Atlanta

    When we have people who think they have a right to harass women outside of clinics, tell people what they can and cannot do in their bedrooms, or hate on you simply because of political beliefs, what do you think? Our lack of civility is frightening. I wish him and his family the best.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  68. Michael H. in Albuquerque, NM

    Tiger is a god! He will be welcomed with all forms of kowtowing, bows, applause and supplication. We will put palm leaves in his path and throw rose petals at his feet. For he not only brought billions to the sport of golf, but he also brought millions of viewers to the news cycle. Praise him!

    March 12, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  69. Scott Stodden

    I have no doubt in my mind Jack that he'll receive a welcoming and loving homecoming when he comes back from the PGA and all the PGA Golf Players. No matter what kind of welcome he receives though I won't be one to support and cheer him on because he lacks morals and respect for his wife and family, what he did was dispicable!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    March 12, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  70. Sue From Idaho

    When Tiger lied nobody died, pick on Cheney!!

    March 12, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  71. David P Vernon

    Tucson, AZ – I really do not care. I also do not understand why anyone, other than Tiger, his wife, and family should care!

    March 12, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  72. Arine Ward

    Many people hold him as a dispicable human being...all because he was honest with his mess...and didn't try and hide, or take his life so it shows that honesty in America means nothing if no death is followed....Win Big Tiger We Love You!

    March 12, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  73. Melanie

    who cares?

    March 12, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  74. Darryl, Denville NJ

    Brrrrrrr. Chilly.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  75. Chuck

    We got over a President, we'll get over a golfer!

    March 12, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  76. Eric Smith

    No heckling allowed in Augusta. No cameras either. Great decision on Tiger's part.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  77. Darren

    The guy cheated on his wife like millions of other's, so who really cares.type of reception he'll get. Look at all the crap our politicians get away with and all we do there is afford their pensions and benefits packages after they leave office until the day they die, regardless of their crimes.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  78. Matt

    If he returns at the Masters, he will get good support. The Masters is always filled with real golf fans who understand that they should only be judging Tiger as a golfer, and he is one of the greatest ever.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  79. george german

    Emmmmmm? the tiger woods thing again,well her's my answer jack he will or would get the kind of reception that you would get if you showed up to my house wearing that damn tie.
    Just kidding I just could care less about Tiger woods and his billionare sport sponcorship dilemma.
    Have a great weekend.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  80. Ken in NC

    I suspect his reception would be equal to a Boggie.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  81. Sue, Gary, ID.

    Who cares sports are used to distract or pacify the American People while the whole of Congress, The White-House and the Supreme-Court gives total control of our country to the Corporations, and the Military Industrial Complex, while they use the American People as ATM Machines to fund everything and lose all our jobs. Golf just does not matter anymore!

    March 12, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  82. Erik

    An awkward one.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  83. Carrie and Dempsey

    I'm not a golf fan but if I were, Tiger Woods would be cause enough to keep me away from the Masters.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  84. Tom Most

    I will never watch Tiger Woods play again. I used to watch golf only because he was playing but that has all changed.

    Tom Most

    March 12, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  85. Jim

    Tiger will get a great reception. He's the best who ever played the game. Yes, there will be a few catcalls which will only make him play better. He is strong willed and the toughest competitor ever; which is why I can't wait to see him play again; there is nothing like watching him on Sunday if you are a golfer.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  86. Walter Dula

    Tiger will receive a hero's welcome, as Augusta is a "White Male" Dominated space that looks to how he will play and not how he sleep around with women and demeaned his wife. It's the perfect place for his return if indeed there is such a place.

    I have followed Tiger since he turned pro. I don't agree with his decision making, but it is his business. Only his God can judge him. He will be back to breaking records in no time, that's my concern!


    March 12, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  87. Jeff in Minnesota

    Why is this even important? In the scheme of things, it's a non-event. Did everyone think that because he was a billionaire that his life was any better than anyone elses? Surprise! His life has problems and issues just like everyone else. We really need to move on and so does he.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  88. Sarah Sims

    I've been to Augusta several times. Security is extremely tight. No cameras, no heckling period. If anyone heckels Tiger it won't be for long. Tiger is very smart for making this is come back. He'll be in a very protected environment.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  89. Tom in Iowa

    The guy broke no laws and he did nothing to hurt golf. All he is guilty of is cheating on his wife. I still believe the only person he ever needed to explain and apologize to is her. I have not watch golf since he stopped playing because there is no one who even compares to Woods' skills on the course. When he returns, and I hope it will be at the Masters, I will start watching again.

    Tom in Iowa

    March 12, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  90. jim Blevins

    People who go ga-ga over watching some one else play golf aren't about to let broken marriage vows interfere with their mania.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    March 12, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  91. hawkeyy

    the masters is a "none of your business" type of group so thats exactly what tiger will receive...only it's none of our business

    March 12, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  92. Keith Lee

    He'll receive a warm and crazy reception with thousands of people behind his every step and watching his every move in person and on TV. In other words, everything will be normal for Tiger. If he wins, he ascends from legendary to something greater, yet to be titled by sportsfans worldwide. I'll give it a shot: More than a Legend = Tigerarian.

    Keith from Alabama

    March 12, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  93. Mike Bryant

    I still cannot believe all the fuss about Tiger Woods. Tiger Woods plays golf. Granted, he plays golf far better than 99.9% of the golfers on the planet and has become very, very rich as a result. Tiger Woods is still human. Given the temptations he has been thrown his way, and with gusto, I might add, not many of us could resist and if you say you are one of those few you are probably lying. Tiger Woods plays a game for crying out loud. The rest of us work and could care less what he does in his off time. Press, get a life.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  94. Betty------Iowa

    I can't wait to see Tiger play golf again. I could care less about his ex-marital affairs. He is the best in the world--and a tournment without him--is just not the same. I wish He and his family the best.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  95. Howard Chicago


    Intense media scrutiny! We like a to watch a train wreck or redemption.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  96. Rich McKinney, Texas

    From those that think he can do not wrong he will get applause and accolades. From the rest of us he will get ignored. Sometimes in society people reward bad behavior. Generally that is because they condone it and admire it. That tells you a whole lot about a person.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  97. Mike

    Who cares?!? You have double digit unemployment, 30 million people without health care, Trillions of dollars in debt, your young men and women are serving in two wars and you have time to think about an unfaithful pro golfer? Any wonder America is going down the tubes.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  98. Michael from palm desert

    Of course he will come out in Augusta. The prim and proper course in the old south is too genteel to give the scumbag the rough and tumble press the chance to go after him.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  99. Charles in ohio

    Jack: I don't play golf so I don't care!

    March 12, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  100. Arine Ward

    His Reception will be Grand!
    Its amazing at all these I will not watch, I use to watch but I will not now...Will be the First Tuned In....LOL! Many people need to check their mirrors, I know they haven't stopped speaking and looking at spouses, parents, aunts or uncles because of their infidelities! Food for Thought!

    March 12, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  101. Mike

    One more winter blast for the week of the Masters.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  102. C.W. Stiver

    No Problem for Tiger. We expected Michael Vick to be booed out of the stadium when he returned to football. Instead nothing was heard but cheers and clapping. It will be the same for Tiger.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  103. Eric Smith

    No heckling allowed in Augusta. No cameras either. Great decision on Tiger's part.

    Los Angeles, CA

    March 12, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  104. Johnny, Marysville, CA

    Jack, I believe his reception will be met with great emotion and applause. The TV ratings will hit the roof and most of the golfers will be looking forward to competitive play against the #1 player in golf. Golf is golf and what he does on his personal time is the image that the sponsors will have to deal with. Like all good athletes who repent and win games, Tigers image will just be a distance memory after his win especially if he wins at Augusta.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  105. Olu in Canada

    Hey Jack; come on! Am fed up of all these attention given to Tiger wood’s case; I believe he should be received as Tiger the best golfer so far; his private life should not be brought into gulf please! All calling for more of his downfall our hypocrites; I wish our individual secrets could be viewed just for a minute; then we’ll decide who’s entitled to the first stone-throw!

    March 12, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  106. terry

    Yes. We love our heros. Tiger on the course is a true champion. He can and should focus on golf. Without golf he is just another idiot who can't control his family. Go tiger.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  107. Ikeausten

    Tiger has paid a price for his transgression and has already apologised, He should move on with his life.
    He will get a good welcome, the game and players need his presence.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  108. Sarah Marrero

    Why should his reception be different than before the incident, He is still the number one golfer, that has not changed. I think his personal life is his business . I think we have bigger things to worry about.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  109. Hector

    You have to break this one down, Jack. The other players will respond with fear because the 800lb gorilla is back on the course. The Augusta National Members will respond with snooty dirty looks. The media will respond with a documentary special detailing every last bit of gossip that has been collected since the allegations became public. And, his true fans will respond with a standing ovation for a man who has committed despicable acts (the likes of which none of us is immune from) yet has chosen to confront his mistakes, dust himself off, and get back on his horse. He has graciously asked us for forgiveness for something that has nothing to do with any of us. I think the least we can do is recognize that.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  110. Luke

    Oh for heavens sake! Who cares? You're talking about a not very attractive dude with the morals of an alley, in a whoozy, grandious sport, making a heck of a lot of money; meanwhile, the rest of the world is worried about putting food on the table and what they are going to do if they get sick or injured. Oh, PLEASE!

    March 12, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  111. larry in georgia


    he will get a great reception, golf fans have been waiting for his return.
    good thing everyone that makes a mistake doesn't have to stay away from work or take 5-6 months off. tiger needs to give up the pity party and get on with his life, the only person he needs to apologize to or straighten things out with is his wife. remember clinton, jackson, etc.etc.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  112. Rolland

    I think most level headed people will be excited to see the media put their "Tiger Nukes" away and get back to reporting the merits of what we like most about Tiger, "his golf". Tiger Woods has brought more excitement and new golfers to the golf industry in the last ten years, than all other golfers combined in the history of the game. People have many off the screen personal issues, but that's just what they are "personal issues".

    March 12, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  113. Hunter

    I could care less about Tiger's personal life. He needs to get back on the links.

    We want to see that long ball.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  114. Derek

    He shood be booed off of the corse. But the butt kissers who crave to see a golfer who has few ethics on the corse as well as off of it will be cheering for him once he closes in on the leader. Plus CBS wants its ratings to rise. It wouldn't shock me to see Jim Nantz" out there caddying for him the way he kisses up to him.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  115. Rander

    Who cares? I can't understand the big concern over a golf player. It's not as though he did anything wonderfully worthwhile or significant. The only issues here for the golf establishment is money and for the media is readers/watchers. Why not concentrate to people who are contributing positively.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  116. TJ Joyce

    Madison Ave. will give him a warm and ($) welcoming reception. The hypocritical pseudo-Christian right will gasp at his audacity. The loyal fans will applaud any and all great shots, concerning themselves only with the game and not at all with the wife. We Americans are notoriously and willfully oblivious and abstracted toward uncomfortable events. This too shall pass.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  117. Olive

    Of course he will be welcomed! In a country where forgetfulness is quite prudent, ratings and profits are key; the golf channels are awaiting in open arms. There will always be golf without Tiger but certainly not the golf the business requires. Golf needs him and for that reason; rehabilitated as long as he stays # 1 his skills and life will get back to teh same.
    Olive, Rockville MD

    March 12, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  118. Dan, Poughkeepsie NY

    In my eyes, infidel Tiger and golfer Tiger are two separate people. Let's hope the Masters' only thinks of golfer Tiger.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  119. Landin

    Haven't you guys in the media run this story to the deepest pits of hell.
    Can we actually discuss real news, like N.Korea or Syria. The guy cheated. So what, many of the people who claim to be upset with Tiger, have or are currently doing exactly what he did. The only difference is he got caught. Tiger will be fine. Once he start winning about, the whole incident will be forgotten and you all will be back on the Tiger bandwagon.

    Landin, Savannah, GA

    March 12, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  120. BOB WHITE, Kansas

    Probably a much better reception than he can expect when he returns to his wife.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  121. Ralph Spyer

    To many Americans are walking around with a stick up their back side . He rich it his money he has not killed any one and he pays more taxes than most Americans God bless him.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  122. Lester


    March 12, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  123. Dianne from Maine

    I think I'm going to find an old episode of Dragnet & watch it at the same time its on Just the facts mam!!!

    March 12, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  124. Banned in Hartwell GA

    I think most of the fans will be ecstatic to see him, because the golfing fans don't really seem to care about the other stuff. I think he will be pretty insulated from the media. I think the other players would rather not have him there. Personally I could care less.
    Hartwell GA

    March 12, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  125. Joyner

    You people need to get a life. This is a matter between his wife and his God. If they forgive him, you need to focus on how you would react if you were investigated and we knew everything you did in life. You just watch his fabulous return including the sponsors who will want a piece of the action.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  126. Lenny from SC

    I am predicting that Tiger Woods will do very well at the Masters if he chooses to participate in that event this coming April because there he can think with the brain that is between his ears rather the one that is between his legs.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  127. Donald in CA

    Every body loves a winner and Tiger is a winner. He will get a great reception because if you are good enough you can get away with murder(see O.J.).

    March 12, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  128. marc canada

    Good for tiger,

    A real guy who doesn't shy away to appreciate nice womwn. – hate public execution. Not a murderer, not a cjild molester... Just a guy who loves women

    Cheers to tiger

    March 12, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  129. Arine Ward

    So funny to read some of these comments...goes to show a few things...
    1. The people who wanted to cheat but didn't are P.O.
    2. The people that cheated and were caught are P.O
    3. The people that were cheated on are P.O.

    Tiger will have a hell of reception...The Master's for The Master...Get that Green Jacket and damn the rest!

    You owe America nothing about your personal life...Hell half are pissed cause no one acknowledged what they had to go through!

    March 12, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  130. John Cohn

    Jack, Since you have a bucket of "stones" to throw a Tiger Woods, you must have achived Sainthood. I wish that I was free from misdeeds. But, alas, I'm human. You must find being perfect to be a heavy burden.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  131. Alex in Gig Harbor

    Who cares? NBA players who sleep around are still cheered when they play.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  132. Scampbell

    I am glad Tiger is coming back, I just hope the media doesn't push to hard for what HAS happened. Its a dead issue, its in the past leave it there and lets move on.
    Orlando FL

    March 12, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  133. Guy from Hawaii

    Whether you are a fan of infidelity or not doesn't matter. If you are a golf fan you will be excited to see the best there has ever been at this game back on the course. Frankly, the game is still fun to watch without him...but with him, well the ratings will speak!

    March 12, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  134. Karen Conine

    Jack, I think, you are more intelligent than this! He should receive the same reception as all of the other golfers at the Masters. He probably want-does anyone think that he is the first golfer to cheat on his wife? I think everyone who worries about this needs to find something to do with their lives. Those of us who enjoy watching the game of golf, love watching a player (In my opinion, the best I've seen in my 50+ years of watch golf) Why don't you ask questions about how Obama has screwed up our country. Bet you will not!

    March 12, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  135. Allan Hanson Placerville,Ca

    Golfers already hope to see him back. He has enriched all of them because o f the higher prizes when he was playing. TV viewers increase when he is playing and many people gain. Everybody wins when he is playing. Welcome back Tiger, he can't get back soon enough.
    Adultry is in direct porportion to oportunity, he just had more oportunity than many others. "He who is without sin , cast the first stone" A very limited group.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  136. J.L from Delaware

    His personal life has nothing to do with his talent. With everything else in the world falling apart, why should anyone care about this?

    March 12, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  137. Arine Ward

    I knew it wouldn't be long before President Obama would be brought up...lol Like Tiger, Like the President both will Hail a Kings Reception! Obama, hasn't messed up this country he inheirted a Rich mess! Get back to following the Consitution and then you will see who messed up things...Grow Up America, its Tiger's Day!

    March 12, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  138. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I'm sure those in attendance at the Masters don't care about reception, they only care about whose going to win the Masters.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  139. Steve

    Who cares if Tiger Woods ever plays golf again? He plays golf. His immoral activities aren't preventing him from finding a cure for cancer. They're preventing him from making more money. The fact that any company continues to support him speaks volumes about the skewed priorities and greed in the world today.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  140. michael armstrong sr.

    Tiger will get the same reception I always give which includes changing the channel to watch a good spook movie I hate golf .

    March 12, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  141. steve

    it doesn't matter what we think when it comes to Tiger Woods the media had him strung up moment he crashed his suv.and if i was him i would have fliped the bird to the media.If he comes back to golf the PGA most likly is begging him to come back because there ratings are suffering the PGA needs Tiger he does not need them . All this talk about him is just plain stupid

    March 12, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  142. Ron in Indiana

    Who cares? I have more important things going on in my life, like credit card bills, a mortgage, car payment, $3 a gallon gas, medical bills, hoping I dont get my heat turned off because I can only pay the light bill this week. I dont have time to worry about whether or not the world will fawn over a multimillionaire when he attempts a golf comeback. Hey Tiger, can I borrow $2500 to help pay my daughters recent medical bills??? I didn't think so...

    March 12, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  143. Judy

    The PGA will see to it he is greeted warmly. He is responsible for the success of the PGA and the size of the purses we see today. Personally, I would rather have my eyes dug out with a rusty spoon than watch golf, but he did add another dimension to the game.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  144. Roger

    Jack, As all the "Vergin Mary" women throw srones at Tiger Wood, I have come to wonder as to how many men are rasiing a child , supposedly theirs, that was fathered by another man. In my world, a child would undergo DNA tests right after childbirth. FOR THE MEN: If you have broowon eyes and dark hair and your child has red hair and green eyes, be very,very, suspicious.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  145. Jim Green, TX, www.Inclusivism.org

    Jack–hopefully none –When I read questions like this I am even more convinced that we are sexual infants in America—Woods plays GOLF— when we have healthcare profiteers that could be compared to turning a junkyard dog lose at a family reunion– why would we waste time on the sex life of a sports figure – that has no impact on our everyday lives--

    March 12, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  146. Nancy

    Jack, Why do you ever mention Tiger Woods' name? Why does anyone care what he does? He is really enjoying all this publicity and nobody should give a S*** about him! I sure don't!!

    March 12, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  147. Terry

    I dont care if he never play golf again.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  148. Len Gould

    Jack, I am an avid golfer and an avid golf fan.I could care less when or what kind of reception Tiger gets when he does return. This whole anticipation is to no small degree the result of the usual media feeding frenzy.He will return when he returns and then all of you in the media can question him about his sex life, that is what the issue is, isn't it. In the meantime there are a lot more pressing issues facing us than Tiger's sex life. Why don't you and the rest of the media focus on these.

    Len Gould

    March 12, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  149. Karl from SF, CA

    He is going to play golf. End of story, hopefully for good.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  150. Joanne

    Who cares ! Tiger Woods does not matter to normal decent Americans.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  151. Jean from NY

    I don't thing Tiger owe any of us an explaination we are all imperfect beings here on earth, if I were Tiger I would use the words Jesus use when they brought the caught in the act of adultery: he who is without sin cast the first stone. Tiger should not apoligize to adulterers who has not yet been caught in the act.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  152. ben stockton, calif

    cant wait until tiger comes back. watching some ot the inept, not so talented players on the tour is boring. there are guys on the tour that ive never heard of and watching them play golf is laughable. besides that, the pga tour want him back,. tiger is their meal ticket

    March 12, 2010 at 6:57 pm |