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Tiger Woods, golf's meal ticket, is back

Get ready for the madness. On Monday, Tiger Woods will arrive at Augusta National for the Masters. What could easily become the wildest week in the history of golf will be under way.

The words “wildest” and “golf” are rarely used in the same sentence. But there has never been anything quite like what we’re about see: the richest and most famous athlete in the nation, and perhaps the world, returning to the sport he had dominated for more than a decade -- after a self-inflicted scandal of titanic proportions.

Over the last few months, various commentators -- among them CBS’s Jim Nantz, the familiar, sonorous voice of the Masters -- have insisted that as big as Tiger Woods is, he’s not bigger than the hallowed game of golf. Those commentators are either whistling past the graveyard or smoking something of questionable legality. Television ratings plummet by more than half when Woods is not in a tournament, for good reason: The difference between watching golf when Woods is playing and when he’s not is the difference between yet another thrill and yet another Ambien. He's not just bigger than golf, he is golf.

Which is why no one should expect a lot of moralizing from the PGA establishment this week. The Masters is the most tightly controlled environment in golf. Patrons have been thrown off the grounds for running between holes, one of the many undignified activities that are strictly prohibited. You can imagine what will happen to the first one who yells something rude at Woods, a four-time Masters champion.

On Monday, he's scheduled to give a press conference. I predict we'll learn nothing we don't already know. The world's media will hang on every word, but Woods's credibility is already in question, to say the least. Does anyone believe he really found it "disgusting" and "horrific" to, um, consort with all those women? He was so disgusted and horrified that he kept adding mistresses the way he racks up major championships.

Maybe he has changed. Or maybe he's the same chilly, selfish, insanely talented man that he's always been. Golf doesn't care. The meal ticket is back.

By Eugene Robinson  | April 2, 2010; 8:41 AM ET
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Hmmm. You do realize this frenzy is not like Tigermania in the summer of 1997, right? This is a negative frenzy.

Tiger is the best player in the world and on pace to break the record for majors that Jack Niclaus set. But let's be real, he's only two wins ahead of Jack's pace and certainly no one ever claimed "Jack *is* golf."

And as for golfers, most will say the golden age of golf happened well before anyone knew who Tiger Woods was. Through no fault of Tiger's, his career paralleled a booming economy (with a high proportion of the boom going into the pockets of the well-to-do). Golf courses grew ever more expensive. Play grew slow and it could take six hours to play a round on the weekend -- when it once took three. Twenty dollar rounds of golf with a pullcart (completed in 3-1/2 hours) disappeared and were replaced by $100 rounds with mandatory riding carts (that have to stay on cart paths).

"Tiger is golf" only to people who don't play. Just like "Hockey is Wayne Gretzky" to me. Because I don't play and he's the only player I have ever heard of.

Posted by: wallyjrii | April 2, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Watch him play golf. Ignore the press. Watch him play golf. Thats what we "pay" him for. He is a golfer, people. Fools like you make him a "celebrity." I for one do not care if he consorts with goats (who knows, maybe......). I for one do not care where he lives, what he drives, whether or not his last bm was healthy; couldnt tell you his wife's name if you held a gun to my head. I don't follow golf...dont know a thing about it.... but I do like to watch Woods play golf. (I would of course, be concerned about the welfare of the goats if......)

Posted by: ewsnyder | April 2, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Gene, why dont you stick to writing about racism ....unless of course, you think Dick Cheney set him up with all those hookers...ahahahahahahah...go investigate

Posted by: TerpfanMA | April 2, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Whether golf's golden era was in the past or not has nothing to do with the fact that Tiger Woods Is Golf Today. It's not just that he's the best golfer on the planet. He's also more famous worldwide than pretty much every other PGA golfer combined. He can affect TV ratings like no one else, and that means he affects sponsorhips and other money makers to the same degree. Gene's right - Tiger's chose the Masters for his return because that's the most controlled environment in golf, and they will do everything possible to make him confortable. Because right now they need him a heck of alot more than he needs them.

Posted by: simpleton1 | April 2, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Stick to politics, where, unlike sports, the readers are polite. Otherwise you will be known as ignorant in two areas. Must be a slow news week. Why don't you go to lunch with Sally Jenkins. I'll bet she would listen to you. Not me, though.

Posted by: qball43 | April 2, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

simpleton1, you are conflating golf with golf marketing. I think what you are saying is that Tiger Woods is the marketing face of golf today. That's quite a different thing from saying he IS golf.

Was Lance Armstrong bicycling? Of course not. He just happened to be the only bicyclist most of us could name. Same with Tiger (for a lot of people). People who don't know bermuda from bentgrass have heard of Tiger because he's "famous."

People tuned in to watch the Masters long before Tiger Woods showed up and will be doing it long after he has left the game.

Posted by: wallyjrii | April 2, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse


I wish at least a few American can start to see the larger picture. Yes, Tiger totally betrayed his wife and children for the sake of his individual carnival of lust. But that is not uncommon for major sports stars on the road. And if that was all it was, this is largely a matter between him and his wife as far as I am concerned.

But Tiger Woods made himself into a billionaire not by proceeds from winning golf tournaments, but by a vast and professional campaign to market his image as a sincere and good man, a family man loyal to wife and home, a visionary man gazing into the future, one worthy of emulation if not veneration.

And all of this was a vast financial fraud, an out and out deception. Entirely untrue but successful to the tune of many hundreds of millions.

How is this different from the way that Bernie Maddof marketed himself in a different but fundamentally similar fraud? A huge con for the sake of financial profit. And it worked brilliantly; now he is on the road again, so to speak.

This says more than something about Tiger Woods. It says something about us all; if your fraud works and you get away clean with the money, so much the better for you.


Posted by: tarquinis1 | April 2, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Now all we need is to paint the balls black and Mr. Robinson will be in black heaven.

Posted by: hock1 | April 2, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

I am so sick of hearing that Woods is the best known athlete in the world. It is utter hooey and shows the idiocy of American journalists who fundamentally do not get and disregard the great game of Futbol. When you see war torn African nations you see refugees in Manchester United and AC Milan jerseys, not golf shirts. David Beckham is infinitely more known in the world than Woods. So stop trumpeting that point as it beyond false and shows your lack of curiosity and inability to rise up from the rote talking points that turned Woods into something bigger than he is. He plays golf which does not even qualify him as a athlete. He is a golfer who throws a hissy fit when someone coughs during his backswing.

Posted by: mjwies11 | April 2, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Now we know Eugene Robinson is a hacker as a writer and a golfer.

Posted by: clandestinetomcat | April 2, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

You're forgetting the very real possibility that 98% of Tigers' fans were Tigers' fans because of what Tiger used to be.

There are two main draws for people to watch him. He plays excellent golf, good "TV golf" and wins with a dramatic flair. Or he's a great guy and a great human-interest story. Right now in the 2nd part he's just a spectacular car-crash that's still in progress, to a large degree, a car-crash of his own making and also the fact that he's such an icon in the golf world. He could easily lose a large part of his drawing power for that reason alone.

And face it, his golf hasn't been all that great. Maybe the one part plays into the other and at some point he will be very good, amazingly good, again. But how can you expect that at the Masters after a 4 month layoff? Tiger will be lucky to make the cut in half of the tournaments he enters, and surely that will just put even more pressure on his marriage. I seriously doubt that he will win any majors this year. Maybe next year he'll win at his pace of early last year. The question will be if the golf world can survive the lull. Because for sure he isn't going to be the best player out there for a while. Golf is going to have to survive on the likes of Mickleson for the near future, not to mention on smaller purses and tighter fields with a wider spread of winning players. We're talking Olympics and Americas' Cup level ratings for a while.

Posted by: dubya1938 | April 2, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Eugene,

You are right. Tiger is Golf. The only reason he's back is because they begged him. The media and sponsors saw the lost revenues on their books when he stopped playing and realized who needs who. In six months to a year the same sponsors who dropped him will try to sneak back. Additionally, these same sponsors who dropped him were at the end of their contracts with him anyway.

Posted by: classicskins | April 2, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

THE MEDIA GAVE Ben Roethlisberger ONE PASS ALREADY, SO THE FIRST WOMAN WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO USE THE BAD PRESS TO GET MORE MONEY OUT OF HIM. THATS THE OPPOSITE OF HOW THEY DID TIGER. THE MEDIA HELPED THOSE SKANKS GET RICH OFF OF HIM. Why did they do that?
Why did the guy that got a picture of Michael Phelps smoking pot have to go to Britain just to find a news organization that wanted to buy the photo?
It was only after other country's tabloid reported it that American media outlets did the story.

Posted by: gokusc1 | April 2, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

I would add that both Tiger and the PGA are mutually providing the meal tickets to each other. Having been a Master's spectator for some years, Tiger isn't the most gracious of professionals out there. He added a different and ungentlemanly dimension to the "hallowed" tradtions of on-course behaviour much to the distress of us long-standing and knowing participants in golf. Golf is a medium that very clearly measures and unmasks the character of the individual you are playing with. Nevertheless, we look forward to his return for the opportunity to redeem himself on and off the course. I sincerely wish Tiger the very best toward that end.

Posted by: draw984 | April 2, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Gene, "sonorous" Jim Nantz used to be. "Soporific" he has become.

Posted by: sleby | April 2, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

...I mean, quick: name the winners of the 4 majors last year, and name the guy who won the first 6 tournaments of the year. The real money will be on the # of tournaments that Tiger plays before he wins again, and everyone will be watching the ratings and how many trips Erins' lawyer makes to the local courthouse. Golf is now a sideshow to Tigers' personal life.

Posted by: dubya1938 | April 2, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Maybe he has changed. Or maybe he's the same chilly, selfish, insanely talented man that he's always been. Golf doesn't care. The meal ticket is back.
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Gee. I think pervert has a much better ring to it, more than chilly and selfish.
Somehow I don't think a 3 month hiatus at a country club rehab center is the ticket. But hey, who am I. I will boycott whoever sponsors him.
You see. Money talks. Perverts walk.

Posted by: tjmlrc | April 2, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

draw984,

I concur with your sentiments. I do feel that Tiger has awakened to the fact that responsiblity and accountability do go hand in hand. Hopefully, this newfound knowledge will enhance his personality and relationship with family, friends and fans in the near future.

Posted by: classicskins | April 2, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Woods is not an athlete. He plays GOLF! It is a sport/activity for people who aren't athletic. Tiger just happens to be the most athletic out of an unathletic bunch. And he began laying as soon as he came out of the womb. So what do you get? Tiger!

Oh, and I am sick of hearing how he let people down by cheating. He didn't let me down. I could care less. That is a personal matter between him and his family. Everyday Joes, spotrs figures, politicians get caught doing this everyday! Its nothing new!

Posted by: digger76 | April 2, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Wow! This Robinson guy really is ignorant. I think Nantz was referring to golf as in "playing" the sport not "watching" it. Indeed, Tiger is great for golf but to say he IS golf is silly.

Posted by: richs91 | April 2, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

So the world now knows that Tiger Woods is human--SO WHAT? His example was very bad for the children he continues to help, but we must remember that he has made significant contributions, not just to golf, but to the development of young people. He has also opened golf up to the world, and golfers from many nations now star in both women's and men's golf.

Tiger is still alive, so the good should not yet be buried with his bones. He flunked out badly on fidelity, but if we are honest, we will admit that there is more to him than just playing golf. Because of his magnetism in the golfing world many golfers are doing handsomely well, financially, and many charities have received financial gifts from golf tournaments.

His infidelity(ies) are no more worthy of condemnation than those of politicians who do the same things, or of priests who, in some instances, have done worst things.

In golf, you are not really playing against the other golfers in 72 holes play, each golfer is playing the course, and the one who plays it best wins, so there is a good possibility that a more focussed Tiger (than he has been in the past three years) could still perform magically at the Masters. If he does win, or make the top five, golf is certainly going to benefit.

Posted by: CalP | April 2, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Golf like most sports are all about the money. Moralizing at Masters - we know their history.

I'm not a huge golf fan but if Tiger isn't playing I'm not watching.

Who cares about his affairs except Sally Jenkins - she really really cares;).

Posted by: rlj1 | April 2, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Amazing - we seem to ignore the felonies committed by members of the NFL, ignore the taradiddles of the politicians who are responsible for governing our country but really pile on a golf great who is one of the foremost athletes of our time.

Yes, what he did is totally wrong and hurt his family. But is it so much more morally wrong than the actions of others? Look at the athletes and movie stars and politicians who have done things just as bad, if not worse. Let's get a little perspective on this and stack it up against others' actions that are one-day headlines and then just fade away.

Posted by: Utahreb | April 2, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

MACK DADDY TIGER WILL BE BACK PLAYING WITH HIS WOODS......FULL EMPLOYMENT SOON TO FOLLOW?


Everyone is celebrating the slight increase in jobs this month while what I believe is the real story goes largely unreported. The number of underemployed rose from 19.8% at the end of Feb. to 20.3% at the end of March. I wouldn't call those good numbers.

Posted by: charlietuna666 | April 2, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Golf would survive without Woods. No doubt in 1927, no one knew how baseball would make it without Ruth. It's managed just fine. Yes, he's back. However, I doubt if he'll ever sell another product that doesn't have a swoosh on it.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | April 2, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

This guy is a pig and furthers the notion and image black men cannot keep it in their pants.

Posted by: ArchieHaase | April 2, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

It's time for Tiger to retire and let golf return to what it was before him, a minor-league sport on the same level as tennis--it was better then

Posted by: dhenken1 | April 2, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Pleeeese people, has anyone realized this.
Father raises greatest golfer in the world.Then greatest golfer in the world tries to grow up and have a family of his own,probably stressing that they have to produce a baby boy,because of obvious reasons, right. Presto, baby boy, so wonderful, right. Has he even spent time with his future superstar, aka baby boy.
Heck no, he's too worried about himself.
This is why people, he's a fool and will be treated that way forever by most.Not to mention shagging the one broad on his wifes bed while his dad is dying in the hospital down the street. No educated man would ever look up to this peter pan of golf. I hope ernie els kicks his butt at augusta next week:)

Posted by: jackblack1 | April 2, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Tiger is the Internet's meal ticket! LOL (And the meal ticket of those who make their living off the Internet, like the guy who wrote this article)

Posted by: jimwest20 | April 2, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Eugene Robinson's "Right Wing Militia Member" a REGISTERED DEMOCRAT! Talk to me Eugene.

http://toledoblade.com/article/20100401/NEWS16/4010369

Posted by: robtr | April 2, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

I really don't understand why so many people feel betrayed by Tiger. I have been following his career path since his days in college, and I don't have any recollection that he ever presented himself as a "saint." In fact, I don't think that he ever told anyone, in private or in public, that he is "squeaky clean." The fact that he was advertising Gatorade, Buick, Gilette, etc. should not have led anyone to believe that the man could not be the serial cheater that he had been all along. The underlying principle behind the advertisement scheme was always: "I am excellent at golf, therefore I can tell the difference between a sharp blade and a dull one." Where and when did he promise not to cheat on his wife with porn stars and losers of the same acabit?

I wished Tiger was man enough to say "drop dead" to all the hypocrites who wanted him to apologize for things that should have only be of his wife's concern. He could have told his vacillating and knee weak sponsors that he is a master golfer and that's what he will remain, and they can go find themselves another parrot.

No, that would have been asking too much from someone who has sold his soul long ago to the corporate world for fame, money and the parallel perks. If, through his downfall, he can recapture his freedom and a little bit of what it means to be a man this ordeal, for Tiger and for his fans, will not have occurred in vain. While we are waiting for the miracle to happen I will be just happy to see the machine back in action even if its soul is still kept captive somewhere in a Gatorade bottle.

wallyboy1 (Orlando, FL)

Posted by: wallyboy1 | April 2, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

"He's not just bigger than golf, he is golf."
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An America wonders why the rest of the world looks at it as one would a spoiled child. Would Robinson have the guts to say this to Ernie Els' face (at 40 Els has just racked up 2 PGA events in a row)? I doubt it. And Woods, who treated a multitude of women primarily as sexual objects, feels a good entry point for his comeback is playing at a course where women are not allowed to play. You can't make this stuff up.

Posted by: wturecki | April 2, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

these media people are acting like monkeys in a zoo. Let's move on, world and TIME will move on with or with out the media monkeys. Time will never stop for any body and no one is eternal.

Every one has at least one addiction, every one should be punished,RIGHT, the self-flagellation is the answer

Posted by: jayrkay | April 2, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe it! Doesn't Gene know this was a racist plot established by the violent right wing of the militia tae party? I am sure that Palin, Beck, Hannity and O'Reiley were the key conspiritors in setting Tiger up. I am sure it was Bush's fault. Is this the one atricle your racist butt writes yearly where you don't blame someting on whitey?

Posted by: Obamasnotyamama | April 2, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Welcome back, Tiger, to the bikini-waxed greens of Augusta National.

I miss Gary McCord on those Masters telecasts.

Posted by: mattintx | April 2, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

I HAVE BEEN PLAYING AND WATCHING GOLF FOR OVER 20 YEARS. i HAVE WALKED THE COURSE WITH "FUZZY' Coraey Pavin, Bernard Langer, Fred Couples and many others at charity events.
I watch these men to see their swing, their attitude and how they relate to the crowd. It does not make me more interested in a golf production if Tiger is in it or not. He is arrogant and is not a person who demonstrates a friendly attitude to the fans.
Perhaps he shows a different side to the bimbos he has been with.
I could care less if he plays or not. Give me and Ernie Els or a Fred Couples and I will spend my time watching them.
I would not surprise me to see someone respond and say my attitude is :racist." That seems to be the popular cry these days.

Posted by: MALBENNET | April 2, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Tiger will shoot a 64 on the first day and shut everyone up!!

Even the racist press who has targeted him for 5 months!! You too Eugene.

Posted by: jjcrocket1 | April 2, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

In honor of the crackers at this segregated club who run this pompous event, they should call it "The Massas," as in "Yes sir massa," "No sir, massa." (Tiger might be the only black person Augusta National has ever protected, but that is because he is a card-carrying Rush Limbaugh conservative.

Posted by: coonchuck1 | April 2, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

This is as close to an intelligent, thoughtful column as I have seen from you. Perhaps it's due to the fact that it doesn't require even a modicum of knowledge with regard to political or national history or even a whisper of perspicacity.

Posted by: anti-danyboy | April 2, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

he plays golf. insanely well. becomes insanely famous. he cheats on his wife, like many athletes and other insanely famous people have done. when you are insanely famous and get caught cheating on your wife (Kobe, anyone?), the hullabaloo is insane. sooner or later it will die down, and the only question is whether his golf will suffer (Kobe, anyone?). end of story. not much more to it than that. let's not overanalyze it.

Posted by: JoeT1 | April 2, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

I watched golf on television with my grandfather in the 1960's.He taught me how to play. It's always exciting for those who appreciate the sport. I think it will always remain the same regardless of who is playing the match. Hype, is hype. But golf aficianados appreciate the game and always will. Think of the past greats. There will be future greats. It will go on, no matter who the sensation of the moment is. If the networks are affected by profits seen by one player that's there agenda, but people who love and appreciate the game will do so with or without Tiger.

Posted by: lqwilliams | April 2, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Here's what I want to hear: "I did 'em. I loved 'em. And when your back is turned I'll do 'em again and it's none of your damn business. Now let's play golf."
That's a Tiger I'd believe.

Posted by: Larryman | April 2, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

I'm just plain too lazy to do the work, so I pose this challenge: document 5 athletes who have given a greater fraction of their (arguably earned) lucre to functioning charitable activities. I am sure that they exist, but are as rare as talents like Tiger's.

Best in golf (his profession), philanthropist, and ..., oh well. How many of you bashers can claim two out of three in your own lives?

Posted by: fr3dmars | April 2, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

I don't care who you are and what you do for a living. If you are so weak in character that you have to cheat on your spouse, you are nothing more than a scum bag.

Posted by: bofus | April 2, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Who cares about Tiger Woods? He should join Amway, they also screw anything that moves, and have ripped off millions of people for several decades, to the tune of 10s of billions of dollars:

Amway is a scam, and here's why: Amway pays out as little money as they can get away with, so they support the higher level IBOs ripping off their downline via the tool scam.

As a result, about 99% of IBOs operate at a net loss, while the top 1% make several TIMES more from their Amway tool scam than from the Amway products. This was made illegal in the UK in 2008, but our FTC is unable to pull their heads out of their butts to stop it here.

Read about it on this website: http://thenetprofitgroup.yolasite.com and forward the information to everyone you know, so they don't get scammed.

Posted by: texansay | April 2, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson:
Please ignore all the writers who are telling you you don't know a thing about golf. So what? That's is not the point of Sir Tiger seeking to reclaim his throne. He has been the hottest continuous sports figure on the horizon over the longest period of recent time, and you don't have to know golf to know that was extremely important to all those entities who plan to
make much bigger money when Tiger is competing.
Sure, leave the golf to Tiger and the rest of the pro's, Mr. Robinson. But talk about how this black golf athlete is the one and only attraction to the zillions of part-time golf junkies out in front of the TV sets. Just to see Tiger win.
You a keen oberver of the American scene, golf and otherwise. You need no more expertise, as your years of experience have earned you the privilege of informing the rest of us. Write on, Mr. Robinson, write on!

Posted by: miramar50 | April 2, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Robinson:
Please ignore all the writers who are telling you you don't know a thing about golf. So what? That's is not the point of Sir Tiger seeking to reclaim his throne. He has been the hottest continuous sports figure on the horizon over the longest period of recent time, and you don't have to know golf to know that was extremely important to all those entities who plan to
make much bigger money when Tiger is competing.
Sure, leave the golf to Tiger and the rest of the pro's, Mr. Robinson. But talk about how this black golf athlete is the one and only attraction to the zillions of part-time golf junkies out in front of the TV sets. Just to see Tiger win.
You a keen oberver of the American scene, golf and otherwise. You need no more expertise, as your years of experience have earned you the privilege of informing the rest of us. Write on, Mr. Robinson, write on!

Posted by: miramar50 | April 2, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

He should have divorced his wife instead of doing the fraudulent rehab for "sex addiction." He's really hoping to hold onto all those corporate sponsorships, that's where the big money is. However, even though he still does goldf well, he's semi washed-up on the corporate endorsing circuit. He'll need not just more big golf wins, but more brow beating before he even is credible endorsing toilet paper at this point.

Posted by: magnifco1000 | April 2, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

The money wins again! Just ask Elin. She was bought too.

Posted by: OneWhoSpeaksTruth | April 2, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

This guy is a pig and furthers the notion and image black men cannot keep it in their pants.

Posted by: ArchieHaase | April 2, 2010 1:23 PM
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It also furthers the image that white women prefer it...

Posted by: OneWhoSpeaksTruth | April 2, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Gene, you're such a moron. I don't care if Tiger comes back ever. Most GOLF FANS couldn't care less. YOUR hook Gene, is that you're black, Tiger's black, and you're just tweaking what YOU think is the white esblishment. Because that's how YOU roll dude. You're a racist after all.

Tiger isn't the greatest by any means. Not yet. He's ok, he's good, but his competition isn't what Jack's and Arnie's was. Meanwhile, if a lot of non-golfers show up that wouldn't have because Tiger is there, fine. Wouldn't make ANY matter whatsoever in any case. It's the Masters. Tiger can come or go or stay or pray. No one cares, Gene.

And, if you knew jack about golf, you'd shut your trap on the subject. You racist.

Posted by: JamesChristian | April 2, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

More cultural suicide with a side of public relations. He keeps the sheep entertained which keeps the sheep calm. They have something to keep their minds off the poverty of their lives. He's not bothering anybody other than the ones he loves and the other wolves have too much invested to let him quit.

Posted by: tossnokia | April 2, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse


Some day, Eugene Robinson might write about an athlete who is not black. It could happen.

Posted by: screwjob11 | April 2, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Tiger most likely will end up breaking Jack's most prized records, but his character flaws will haunt him the rest of his life and at least as long as his records stand. He has already guaranteed that he will never be held in the same esteem as Jack, and especially Arnie. What Tiger has done to grow the game is simply building on the tremendous growth and popularity that occurred with Arnie's army. The big difference: Arnie was, and still is a man of impeccable honesty and integrity.

Posted by: doug7772 | April 2, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Best thing on TV 12 years. Borg, McEnroe, Mohamed Ali, Joe Montana, Jordan.
Love it. Absolutely love it.
I still tape it on various VCR's.
How lucky we are...!

Posted by: mccenroe | April 2, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Some day, Eugene Robinson might write about an athlete who is not black. It could happen.

Posted by: screwjob11

Only if he accuses them of racism...

Posted by: OneWhoSpeaksTruth | April 3, 2010 6:04 AM | Report abuse

And face it, his golf hasn't been all that great. Maybe the one part plays into the other and at some point he will be very good, amazingly good, again. But how can you expect that at the Masters after a 4 month layoff? Tiger will be lucky to make the cut in half of the tournaments he enters, and surely that will just put even more pressure on his marriage.

Clearly you do not know golf! Tiger still has the best winning percentage of all golfers on tour! What do you mean his golf has not been good lately? Further your statement that we will be looking to Phil to handle the tour is very old! We've looked to Phil all year, and Phil's game is off! Tiger can compartmentalize, and given the state of the fans (split), golfers (split), and communications with Elin (split) it will take those powers to get through the weekend.

Tiger may need to get on the course to forget about all the myriad issues off the course! I wish him well - but you can't know the game if you think Tiger has been off his game. Remember, with all the talk and the wreckage last November, Tiger still got all top awards for numbers of wins, FedEx Cup, Vardon Trophy (scoring average) Golfwriters Association and PGA Tour Trophy.

Not off his game then; given time, he'll be back now. Eugene's point is well taken - those with golfing interests are glad their cash cow is back! So many are depending on Tiger, especially with the entrance into the Olympics, this is not the time to drop the ball but hold on and push the popularity of the game!

Posted by: HarrietA | April 4, 2010 1:08 AM | Report abuse

I don't see Mr. Robinson blaming on race or use Black race as an excuse. I agree with him and I find difficult to understand many of you here use race simply to divert from the truth. Tiger is taking more heat because so many are jealous of his accomplishments. What he did is foolish considering he has so much to loose. He doesn't owe me no explanation or details on his flings, he owes that to his wife. Tiger is still my role model (In Golf), it is you idiots who allows your kids to be raised by celebrities, SHAME ON ALL OF YOU!
The last time I checked, none of these women were raped, under age etc. All these are grown women who couldn't went to get screwed by the most famous person in the world. Shame on the media for using these women to sell their stories, shame on you HATERS who knows nothing about golf but keep pounding on this man. I hope he comes back and kick everyone's ass.

Posted by: AndrewL1965 | April 4, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Watch out people,Tiger is only a man,but he is a man who plays the game of golf very well. Right now he just maybe the best, just like good old Jack, there will come a day when Tiger will be second, third or some other best. This moment in time he is the go to man for golf, and when he plays that all that matter. His personal life, I wouldn't give a shoot. If he wasn't playing, I wouldn't be watching. until the next great one shows up, then I will jump on his or her band wagon.

Posted by: cleojcks9 | April 5, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

If Tiger is golf, then what were all those chicks doing yesterday in Rancho Mirage? Just wondering.

Posted by: ruthannewilliams | April 5, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

A lying skank... who can believe anything he says?

Posted by: EdSantaFe | April 5, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Some day, Eugene Robinson might write about an athlete who is not black. It could happen.

Posted by: screwjob11

Only if he accuses them of racism...

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Ya'll beat me to it. I read this guy on occasion if I need an emetic, he never fails.

Posted by: Obamasnotyamama | April 5, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

His name is - ELBERT WOODS - not the bogus name of Tiger

Posted by: stephenwhelton | April 5, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

It's been three months since Tiger's life has unraveled, and he's become a new man, realizing how despicable and horrible were the things that he did. All that change in three months time?

And there sit the media at his press conference, and of course millions of his fans, lapping it all up like a basketful of puppies.

If your uncle was an acute alcoholic - downing 2 bottles of Scotch a day for years, and he emerges from 6 weeks of rehab looking good, would you be confident that he's a changed man?

Don't think so. And so what's the difference?

It's the power of celebrity and of great sports talent. If Tiger were an average Joe, no one would give him the time of day except for a few street ladies, now and then. But he's a talented pro, and so the man that he his, what he is, is no big deal. As long as he keeps winning tournaments.

What a sad society we've become.

Posted by: kim4 | April 5, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Do we really need another lowlife we are supposed to fawn over???

I don't give a damn if "Tiger is back".

Posted by: dl4550 | April 5, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

ewsnyder, what are you talking about? If you watch him and/or buy any product he supports, you too have helped make him a celebrity. You should be mad at him because he did dupe us into believing he was more than just a great golfer. I suspect if some golfer came along and made it clear he liked to do drugs, drink, womanize, smoke, was tatted to the hilt and hated his family, you probably wouldn't want to watch him as much as someone we think is above board. Or perhaps it is just me.

Posted by: mmourges | April 5, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Tiger is evolving.A few years ago he stopped referring to himself as Thai and started with black,he will get over his jungle fever and we gonna love him again.

Posted by: gonville1 | April 9, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Tiger's the best. He's the one whom I and countless others tune in to watch. Without him, golf would return to what it was in the early 1990's -- a bunch of no-names each winning their one or two majors and fading again into well-paid obscurity. I don't give a rap about his personal life. He has been great for the professional game, great for golf fans, and I look forward to his coming back stronger than ever and breaking Nicklaus' record within the next few years. Sure, no one is indispensable -- but he comes about as close as you can get.

Posted by: lydgate | April 9, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

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