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.
Tiger Woods’ choice to come back at Masters in Augusta is latest shot at women [New York Daily News]
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