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Is Tiger's comeback choice another cheap shot at women?

Mar 17, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

Interesting column today by Filip Bondy of the New York Daily News, who asks the musical question, how could Tiger Woods be so insensitive as to pick The Masters in which to make his comeback? It’s more than a bit ironic, says Bondy, that Woods would choose Augusta National, what with it’s history of institutionalized sexism.

It’s a decision that suggests a continued lack of moral compass, but makes considerable logistical sense. Augusta members, about 300 of them, will surely embrace their wayward superstar and hold at bay all reminders of a real world. This is headquarters for the good old boys of golf and, after all, good old boys have been known to stray.

Plus, updated Tiger Masters odds, following the jump.


Hoo boy. What do you think? More Bondy:

Just walk into the clubhouse, don a green jacket, and all is forgotten. What happens outside Augusta, stays outside Augusta. Many battles against this place have been fought, lost and largely forsaken. There are still no women members, and fewer people bother with that cause now than they did just a few short years ago.

Martha Burk, who was caricatured for all her efforts, didn’t return phone calls or e-mails yesterday. Her days camped outside Augusta National are likely done. Spokespersons for several women’s groups, in Washington and Georgia, declined to comment on Woods’ decision to make his stand next month among the pretty azaleas, and the all-male membership.

In many ways, Woods is just collecting on a debt owed him from the past decade, when he carefully refused to criticize the club or threaten a boycott of the Masters unless a woman were invited to become a member. At the time, Woods was cautiously orchestrating a career devoid of controversy and filled with endorsements, until the roof fell in on his dalliances.

I’m not saying that I totally agree with Bondy, but there’s no doubt that it would have been a huge goodwill gesture by Tiger to make a show of NOT playing the Masters this year. It’s one thing to call a press conference and say that you’re a changed man, but it’s quite another to literally put your money where your mouth is.
But I’d really like to know what Elin Nordegren thinks of this. After all that she’s been through, would she have the same thoughts on following Tiger around Augusta this year?
Meanwhile, the updated odds on Tiger at the Masters are in. Here ya go, sports fans; courtesy of Bodog.com:
What Will Tiger Woods First Round Score Be In The First Tournament Of His Return?
Under 70 … +110
Over 70 … -140
Where will Tiger Woods Finish in the Standings for the 2010 Masters?
1-3 … 2/1
4-6 … 2/1
7-10 … 3/1
11+ … 9/4
What Color Hat Will Tiger Woods Wear In Round 1 Of The First Tournament Of His Return?
Black … Even
White … 11/4
Red … 3/2
Blue … 11/2
Any Other Color … 8/1
Will Tiger Woods be Heckled after Addressing the Ball and Step Away During the 2010 Masters?
Yes … -115
No … -115
Will Nike Run a Tiger Woods Commercial During the Weekend Broadcast of the 2010 Masters?
Yes … 5/1
Will Any Other Sponsor Run a Tiger Woods Commercial during the Weekend’s Broadcast of teh 2010 Masters?
Yes … 5/1
What Will the TV Ratings Peak at During The 2010 Masters?
Over/Under … 20.3
What Will the TV Ratings be for the Final Round of The Masters?
Over/Under … 14.9
If you’re planning on putting actual money on any of these, you’re sick. Please seek help. Also you’re awesome.
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Tiger Woods’ choice to come back at Masters in Augusta is latest shot at women [New York Daily News]

  1. reality - Mar 17, 2010 at 8:10 PM

    The hooker who brought down a governor is going from prostitution to Playboy. Issue to hit in April.
    now, when a WOMAN, WHO IS A PROSTITUTE, can turn around and become a Pin Up, and no females, anyplace seem to have a negative word to say about it .
    Men better wake up, and stop letting women Take men down, with their sex and then whining about it. and turn around, and they want to cash in for the publicity of it. How much longer will men, be foolish, not only to hae their lives set up, where he has to pay for her, in a lot of situations as even being a wife, or a casual encounter, and then she wants to take him down, by blabber mouth about it, and claim innocent, and next she wants to be the pin up girl for teen boys and young men, and turn around and claim to be – just your average girl?
    Now if that is true, then what is it saying??
    GROWN MEN, IF YOU HAVE SEX, WITH A WILLING WOMAN, THEN YOU HAD SEX WITH A WILLING WOMAN. IT WAS NOT RAPE, AND NO MAN SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE FOR SEX, NOR SHOULD ANY PROFESSIONAL PLAYER HAVE THEIR LIFE TWISTED BEHIND IT.
    Every wife in the world, already has the idea, in her mind that men like sex, every woman walking knows that.. then we act surprised when it’s made true, but what else is true, any time a man is having sex with a woman, consensual, that means a woman is having sex with a man, consensual

  2. RJ Wallis - Mar 17, 2010 at 8:14 PM

    People have to get a life. Tiger doesn’t have to answer to the press or the public. If you don’t like him. Don’t watch him play golf or buy the products he endorses.

  3. Marc - Mar 17, 2010 at 8:21 PM

    By far the best comment I’ve read – Could not be more dead on!

  4. bobdevo - Mar 17, 2010 at 8:23 PM

    How do you know he doesn’t cheat at golf? Because he’s never been caught? A liar is a liar; a cheat is a cheat; gold isn’t a sport – it’s a game for old men; and Augusta National is of, by and for racist white jerks.
    They used to make Lee Trevino change clothes in the parking lot, because Mexicans weren’t allowed in the clubhouse.

  5. Ben - Mar 17, 2010 at 8:37 PM

    Why did you change the photo? Why don’t you show the untouched version of the photo without altering the orange sign the gentleman is holding up? You have messed up one of the funniest photos ever by attempting to be politically correct. What a load of crap!

  6. vinnide64 - Mar 17, 2010 at 8:46 PM

    Uh oh! anudda baby needs his bottle, did barney cheat on missy issy piggy or did kermit do it to dat lady chicken? well now let me put a pacifier in your mouth and tell you dat mommy says its not polite to wish bad on anyone not even those southern carpenbaggers who are jus good ol people too…dat bad ol tiger man!!! he make you fall down and go boom! mommy says dat maybe you jus need some time out you bad little wasscal, why would anyding dat mean ol tiger man do would make dat whiddle baby stomach hurt, did you do it in diaper again well mommy needs to clean up dat mouth from where dat butt seems to be wit some castor oil! potty mouth! potty mouth! maybe da big bad tiger man will come to your crib and drink all your milk and den hide your toys and den give you nuttin but bad dweams about how da big bad tiger is gonna go on with his life and his wife and da strife and still be making billins…den you will be screaming for mommy saying dats not how da storie is suppose to end! he’s supposed to get bombed and blow up! a big shark eats him up! da police beat him like rodney king! but mommy says…we can’t want bad for people even dat ol tiger man!! when dat happens it jus might happen to you first..now here’s your bottle whittle baby now go to sleep….bad baby…

  7. Awesome Alex - Mar 17, 2010 at 8:55 PM

    Speaking of Augusta…. If my wife doesn’t get dinner on the table soon, I’ll have to put her in her room again.

  8. Tabs17 - Mar 17, 2010 at 9:50 PM

    hahaha, and so very true! Both are still looked at as american hero’s too. Even though the only thing they did for america besides screwing up the bay of pigs as well as gettin us locked into nam was get assassinated. low blow i know, but also very true!

  9. Tabs17 - Mar 17, 2010 at 10:03 PM

    Hey Guns, why are you so angry? What did tiger do to you???? Let me guess, one of those tramps he was bangin was your old lady? Close? Wait, you mean to tell me that tiger woods actions in no way in any shape or form affected your life in any concievable way negative or positive? This is exactly whats wrong with you tiger hating IDIOTS. His actions didnt involve or affect your life what so ever. Now you wanna talk about obama lets get on that cause there is a guy who is screwing up your life, you dont even know it but i bet you got a hard on for him. GET A LIFE LOSER, YOU TOO NBC!

  10. Tiger equals golf - Mar 18, 2010 at 12:56 AM

    Out of Bounds is one stop shopping for erroneous, biased, bogus information. Yet I read them all–Why? Because they concern Tiger and he is golf as far as I’m concerned. I’ll be watching my first tournament since he banged into a tree–it will be the Masters.
    I support Tiger 100% and hope that he dedicates himself to rebuilding a loving, monagamous relationship with his beautiful wife and kids with the same intensity he dedicates himself to the game.
    And I hope he beats the field at Augusta by 13!
    As for Out of Bounds, quit selling junk excerpted out of other tabloid rags as truth and then adding your own snarky spin. Tiger Woods is not your property–he is an icon of our era who has hopefully learned a most public and humiliating lesson, but he is also a man who deserves the space to live his life.

  11. lemonella - Mar 18, 2010 at 1:38 AM

    For those of you who consistently refer to El Tigre as a “douche, or douche bag.” Do you really know meaning of douche or a douche bag. Pick up a dictionary or a thesaurus and check out the meaning. lololol. Someone also stated golf is not a sport, it is a game. Is that the same definition given for baseball for example? You know, that GAME. Hmmmmm. Just thought I would ask. So much hostility for someone who had SEX, albeit with several people and cheated on his wife, but did not tar and feather a seated President for his months of indiscretion. His wife suffered an even greater humiliation and stayed around. So, WTF is your problem people. Tiger is a golfer, his banging many women is not, repeat not our problem, it is Elin’s. Get a life haters. I would be willing to bet one of your arms the hater’s will be all over the television when the masters is on, glaring, staring, and wondering how he managed to keep it a secret for sooooo long.

  12. Cruz666 - Mar 18, 2010 at 5:59 AM

    I think it would be cool if he got a 69 each day.

  13. get a life: response to beddevo - Mar 18, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    You are absolutely right I dont know that Tiger hasnt cheated at golf and you dont know that he has. And if I’m not mistaken you are innocent until proven guilty. So until that time I do feel comfortable saying he hasnt cheated. You are just an angry mexican women who obviously has been cheated on and needs to get out of the past. Lee Trevino has moved on and so should you. Like I said “GET A LIFE” and move into the future dumba$$

  14. one putt - Mar 18, 2010 at 10:57 AM

    All you Tiger bahsers should do some research on Arnold Palmers love life. Also reads some history on Bobby Jones and how he acted on the golf course.

  15. Steve - Mar 18, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    No. The security of the controlled arena is probably the only reason. I’ve been to The Masters. While women may not yet be members, they are certainly allowed to be on the grounds.

  16. Doug Johnson - Mar 18, 2010 at 2:00 PM

    In your wildest dreams you would NEVER get the offers of ANYTHING (other than rejection) that Tiger Woods got every day prior to this event. As a former fashion photographer with no real fame, I got offers daily from models and wanna-be’s that would make a porno star proud. I can’t even begin to estimate the offers a multi-million dollar athlete Woods’ stature and fame could attract. My guess is that he said yes 1 in 10,000 offers…a super human show of self control as far as I’m concerned. Contrary to what the media seems to be measuring, he is human.

  17. wen - Mar 18, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    Too much talking going on, which is business as usual — what else is new. Don’t you listen to them — Tiger, you will go nowhere and I know you are smarter than that. Just get the W and let them get more envious. Good Luck.

  18. Allen - Omaha - Mar 18, 2010 at 2:49 PM

    GUNS527
    Maybe some brave soul will come out of hiding from a nearby bush and swat a 5-iron directly into Tiger’s privates. AND right in front of those carpetbaggers and their southern cronies. That would serve that ‘pimp’ a right-on on behalf of the countless people who find his actions disgusting, nauseating and repulsive!
    =================================
    Sooo, you want someone else (not you, of course) to assault a man in public and on national t.v. by swinging a 5 iron directly into his johnson and follow it up by flashing signs that state justice has been served from those of us who treat people with dignity……nice…and people wonder why ‘gun’ laws are needed in this country!!?!??!

  19. redbrds - Mar 25, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    No! It isn’t another cheap shot at women. Blame Augusta National for that! God! Do you write for the Enquirer in your spare time? He’s given the media all they deserve! And more than I would have if it were me. How can he be blamed for trying to control his environment in a tournament of this magnatude? He’s trying to win with as little outside distraction as possible. He did his interview (whether you accept it or not) and should be allowed some margin of privacy now. The questioins to be asked now are simply tabloid fodder and none of your (or my) business! Your headline smacks of a desparate writer trying to sell a cheap rag!!

  20. redbrds - Mar 25, 2010 at 1:33 PM

    We know he doesn’t cheat at golf because no golfer in history has ever had more cameras on him at any given time! They’d have picked it up long before you! And for everyone else out there, stop confusing golf with morality! He can be a a”god like golfer” AND be immoral!! The two are mutually exclusive!

  21. redbrds - Mar 25, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    No! It isn’t another cheap shot at women. Blame Augusta National for that! God! Do you write for the Enquirer in your spare time? He’s given the media all they deserve! And more than I would have if it were me. How can he be blamed for trying to control his environment in a tournament of this magnatude? He’s trying to win with as little outside distraction as possible. He did his interview (whether you accept it or not) and should be allowed some margin of privacy now. The questioins to be asked now are simply tabloid fodder and none of your (or my) business! Your headline smacks of a desparate writer trying to sell a cheap rag!!

  22. spotbusters - Mar 31, 2010 at 11:09 PM

    Augusta maybe able to control the gallery…but they can’t control the airspace. Watch for a banner airplane overflying Augusta trailing a Tiger epitaph!

  23. Cheatah - Apr 2, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    Maybe he’s not hopping back on the wagon at Augusta because they’re sexist. Maybe he’s hopping on at Augusta because it is the most cherished win on the PGA tour. I dont care how many U.s. or british opens you have. Where’s YOUR green jacket? even as a PGA tour player Augusta has to be a special place.

  24. exile - Apr 7, 2010 at 12:46 AM

    It’s more than a bit ironic, says Bondy, that Woods would choose Augusta National, what with it’s history of institutionalized racism.
    well Tiger went to racial georgia and kicked some azz.
    wtf more is there to say?