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Is Woods right to return at the Masters?
The long wait is nearly over. Tiger Woods, missing from golf since allegations about his private life emerged late last year, will return to the sport at the U.S. Masters tournament in early April and start the long process of rebuilding his reputation.
“The Masters is where I won my first major, and I view this tournament with great respect. After a long and necessary time away from the game, I feel like I’m ready to start my season at Augusta,” he said in a statement.
“The major championships have always been a special focus in my career and, as a professional, I think Augusta is where I need to be, even though it’s been a while since I last played.”
Is it the right decision from Woods? He is bound to be very rusty but the Masters is the Masters after all. In fact, British bookmakers have already installed him as favorite for the first major back and the player himself is on record as saying he never tees off at a tournament unless he believes he has a chance of winning it.
We have a full multimedia package taking an analytical look at today’s news. As well as the video above, you can click here for our full story, here for reaction from the Tour and the players, here for the view from the sponsors and here for a look at why Woods chose Augusta.
And please, give us your views in the comments.
As our golf correspondent Mark Lamport-Stokes says: “While the return of Tiger Woods to the PGA Tour is manna from heaven for sponsors and television executives, an intriguing question mark hovers over his likely reception by the fans. Woods is assured of a warm welcome at his first event back, the April 8-11 U.S. Masters at genteel Augusta National, but beyond that he could spark a mixed reaction following his stunning fall from grace at the end of last year.”
Will you be cheering him on?
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