Maybe Woods knows what's best for his golf game
This would fall under the category of "He must know what he's doing.''
It is probably not surprising that Tiger Woods is coming back for the Masters, given that his career-long pursuit of Jack Nicklaus's record for major professional championships has been his competitive driving force since he turned pro.
What is surprising, at least here, is that he is going in cold, having not played in some five months, since before he went for that short drive in late November and had his public life turned inside out.
No Tavistock Cup. No Bay Hill. He said he will go straight into Augusta National, a place he has won four times but not, it should be noted, since 2005 and the past four years he has been as honed as he ever was for the first major of the season.
Is this a tall order competitively? It certainly looks like it, given that the only time he has ever played a major off this much of a layoff, after his father died a few years ago, he missed the cut at the U.S. Open for the first time in one of golf's four biggest tournaments.
But what the hey. As it said earlier, he knows all the facts and how he feels and knows exactly where his game is, or where it figures to be in three weeks. He doesn't go anywhere to embarrass himself, or at least he hasn't in the past. So if this is his decision, he has earned the benefit of the doubt. If he doesn't know what's best for his golf game, who does?
Augusta probably is of two minds on this one. For certain, it wants Woods around, knowing what he does to TV numbers worldwide and for generating over-all interest in the tournament. On the other hand, Augusta won't tolerate a freak show and/or rowdy ranters heckling him. There's always plenty of security at Augusta, plus a strict policy against cell phones and cell-phone cameras (they search at the gates). Then again, they serve $2.50 beers.