Feb 3, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT
Hey, if Tiger Woods is going to return to the golf course and the scrutiny of the public, why not do it the day after Valentine’s Day? According to the Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia’s finest source for Tiger Woods news, Woods will return to golf at the Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona on Feb. 15 (although tourney match play doesn’t actually begin until Wednesday, Feb. 17). That’s within a fortnight, the paper points out. They use the word fortnight a lot.
Only a fortnight after allegedly checking into a sex addiction clinic in Mississippi, the world No. 1 is set to stun the world by returning to the Dove Mountain course where he made his comeback from knee surgery last year.
The paper doesn’t quote anyone or indicate any solid sources, but does engage in some speculation toward the end of the article.
As a matchplay event, it’s more for the purists than perhaps a “regular” tour event would be, diminishing his chances of being harassed.
Similarly, if he was to play badly in round one, he could “disappear” again rather than sit in the glare of the media spotlight until the mid-tournament cut.
Online bookies around the world have many “Tiger special” markets up and odds on him playing the Masters have shortened appreciably. There must be some “knowledge” around for that to occur — and it’s hard to believe he won’t hit majors’ season in full stride.
Woods’ Ryders Cup teammate Jim Furyk says that he expects to see Woods back for the Masters in April, and it if that’s true, it does make sense for him to emerge for a tuneup event. It;s also true that betting odds usually don’t move significantly unless someone knows something. But like everything else involving Woods since Thanksgiving, it’s really all just raw speculation.
This whole saga is beginning to take on an Elvis-is-really-still-alive kind of quality. Woods needs to come back and retake ownership of his own story, whether he’s ready to play golf or not.
Tiger Woods could return to golf in fortnight [Melbourne Herald Sun]
Tiger Woods timeline [NBCSports]
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