Really, Tiger Woods?
By mustang6560 on 7/29/11
*BREAKING NEWS* Tiger Woods will return to competitive golf next week at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone.
"Feeling fit and ready to tee it up at Firestone next week. Excited to get back out there!" Tiger posted on Twitter last night.
Sweet! Hopefully I was able to break the news to at least ONE person. Anyone? Nope, everyone already knew? Shucks.

Really, Tiger? You're going to wait until I leave work to announce your return? You're killing me smalls!

Anywho, Tiger made the announcement last night on Twitter and his personal website. Tiger's return at the Bridgestone Invitational was rumored all week so I'm not sure he surprised many people.

The Golf Channel is confirming that Tiger's friend and employee Bryon Bell will be on the bag next week so it's probably safe to say he'll remain there for the foreseeable future.

Anyone else notice how throughout Tiger's absence from golf, he managed to keep his name in the news? He may not "like" the media, but he sure knows how to "use" the media.

I find it fitting that Tiger made the announcement shortly after I posted the picture of Steve Williams fictional statue, which officially marked the end of the Tiger/Steve era. You know what they say, as one door closes, another one opens. I know, that was deep...



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photo by Keith Allison


[ comments ]
Banker85 says:
Awesome news. Anyone know anything about this Bryon Bell?
7/29/11
 
bkuehn1952 says:
From Golf Digest:

"Bell, a high school friend of Woods', has a long history with the former world No. 1. Some of that experience is positive, like when he was on the bag for Woods' win at the Buick Invitational in 1999. But as an official part of the Woods business empire -- most recently as the president of Tiger Woods Design -- Bell was also linked to some of the more sordid details of the Woods' sex scandal. (It's rarely a good sign when you have your own bio page on TMZ.com.)"
7/29/11
 
gpickin says:
Yeah, apparently he was the one in charge of setting up the floozeys or maintaining them, or doing things to help that whole situation. Thats what they were saying on golf central or 19th hole the other night.

So, I'm sure we'll he hearing a lot about that stuff.
7/29/11
 
Duke of Hazards says:
thx for not using that other stock Tiger photo with the green shirt. was getting stale.
7/29/11
 
legitimatebeef says:
I can't believe its been three months. But I'm looking forward to it. Let's face it, we all are.

I'm hoping that Tiger plays well for the next couple of weeks and qualifies for the FedEx Cup. Did I really just say that? Wow, hard times indeed. See I have tickets to the Barclay's and if Tiger isn't there I'll be pissed.
7/29/11
 
wrhall02 says:
I'm completely indifferent if Tiger plays or not...also...how much money he has in his accounts, or how many "putas" he knocks boots with, etc.

I don't get the idol worship (not just Tiger, any "famous" personality). In my view, Tiger was/is (who knows if he still is) the most talented golfer I have seen play the game. But, his shit still stinks, he DOES miss putts, and he makes mistakes in his life decisions just like the rest of us mortals.

I bet Golf Channel et al will mentioned Tiger 100K times per day now.
7/29/11
 
EloraBlue says:
+1 wrhall02 I've disliked and been epically bored by 'ol Eldrick from day 1. The only time he sparked my interest was during the scandal. However , he immediately bored me again by "victimizing" himself and not being a man about the whole thing. OMG " Sex Addict" !! Still the funniest thing I've heard all year. That plane that flew the banner over the Masters "sex addict? Ya, me too!" was legend! I take nothing away from tiggers skills as a golfer which of course are undeniable but I swear, if he fell down a hole and never came out, I'd be completely fine with that. So, no, I am not all giddy about his eminent return to the far edges off the fairways.
7/29/11
 
falcon50driver says:
I agree with wrhall02 and elorablue WGAS
7/29/11
 
DougE says:
Like him or not, there is no denying that he has been somewhat responsible for inspiring many young people to take up and grow the game. Without him, Golf does not have the purses, TV coverage, interest and growth that it does today.

Yes, he makes mistakes and has shown us that he is a mere mortal just like us. But, let's be real, that's about as far as the parallels go. There are very few athletes on this earth who have made such a positive impact on any game. I hate to think of what the status of golf would have been without him.

Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Babe Ruth, Joe Namath, Magic Johnson, Pete Rose, there are many more. All greats at their games. None of them angels. All superstars who put fannies in the seats. IMHO, those who say they could care less whether Tiger comes back or not.....well, to me, it's kind of like biting off your nose to spite your face. You don't have to like him, but he is good for the game, and to me, THAT'S what it's all about!
7/30/11
 
Matt Otskey says:
Any sport is just better when one of the greatest of all times is playing. Whether you like him or not. He creates a buzz whenever he plays and that makes the atmosphere of the event that much better.
7/30/11
 
ToddRobb says:
DEEE NIIII YALLL,,, DEEE NIIII YALLL!! @DougE Well said. Anyone (golfer or golf fan) that claims to not care whether Tiger plays or not is in DENIAL of epic proportions. (Merlin):). Come on guys, let's keep it real, you know you can't wait to see how he plays just like everybody else. It's funny how NOW we get to see how many people didn't like Tiger from the beginning or "day 1". Every superstar that DougE named had "issues" outside of their playing arena, as a matter of fact Babe Ruth was the biggest skirt chaser of them all, it was just a different time so it didn't get reported. I find it hard to believe that Tiger turns out to be lying ass skank, and some how now you don't want to watch him play golf??? This tournament doesn't have a cut, it will easily have the highest rating of any tournament this year,, or maybe ever!! Even if you're going to watch to hope he crashes and burns, you are going to watch.
7/30/11
 
EloraBlue says:
Yes, I will watch. Until the tv people completely ignore all the other great players in the field..then I won't watch anymore. So I guess that means I may see 9 holes or so.

TW was good for golf, not anymore. Frankly my interest does not go up when the purses do, I could care less about tv ratings and this growing interst in golf you speak of has raised green fees, crowded courses with wannabes who think the game must be easy and seen an explosion in course builds, many of which are now for sale or bankrupt.

Oh btw, by my special mathematical formula..the Golf Channel mentioned TWs' name 178,423 times today! And that's not even their record!!!
7/30/11
 
DougE says:
Yes, but since many of those Golf Channel mentions of Tiger were on programs that repeat a few times a day, it was probably more like only 127,642 times. Clearly an acceptable number. :-)
7/30/11
 
EloraBlue says:
DougE I assure you my special mathematical formula does take into account the never ending repetition of the Golf Channel. ;-)
7/30/11
 
ToddRobb says:
@EloraBlue Just curios, can you name 5 of the "great players" that you are making reference to?
7/30/11
 
ToddRobb says:
curious (sorry for the mis-spell)
7/30/11
 
falcon50driver says:
There's no question tiger brought a new dimension to professional golf.
7/31/11
 
ToddRobb says:
@merlin I knew you knew better :). Tiger has done more for golf than any one athlete has done for their sport in the history of sports. When Michael Jordan was in his prime, fringe fans weren't picking up the game of basketball. They may have watched a few more basketball games, but that was it. Tiger raised the level in which golf is consumed, I would venture to say without Tiger there probably would not be a Golf Channel. Simply put, he brought more interest to the game, which creates a bigger market, which increases TV ratings, which increases sponsors, which increases more TV contracts, which creates more golf on TV. Hence the Golf Channel. Tiger has become a car wreck that we have to look at to see if the people involved are okay, dead on the side of the road or somewhere in between.
7/31/11
 
EloraBlue says:
@toddrobb I'm trying to find an entrants list to choose 5 players I'd rather watch than TW. 'great' was the wrong choice of words. My point remains, I have never enjoyed watching TW play golf. Imo he plays an ugly game...stunningly impressive, but not appealing to this viewer. Also, while I do enjoy watching golf on television, I much prefer to play golf. So would I miss the Golf Channel? Ya for about a day and a half. I do hope you allow me my opinion.
7/31/11
 
EloraBlue says:
ok, found the list. I would rather watch any of these players: Thomas Bjorn, Darren Clarke, Lucas Glover, Padraig Harrington, Ryo Ishikawa, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Manassero, McDowell, McIlroy, and especially my boys Lee Westwood and Alvaro Quiros!
7/31/11
 
ToddRobb says:
@EloraBlue You are absolutely allowed to have your opinion, that's why I come to sites like this to read other opinions. "You da man" for acknowledging that the word "great" was a wrong choice of word, you are a gentleman and a scholar and there are only two of us left :).

I heard a stat the other day that Tiger has missed only 6 cuts his whole career, I had to rewind the broadcast to make sure I heard it right. Phil has missed over 100!!!

The reason I appreciate Tigers game so much is because he has absolutely no control over his driver, in the last ten years the highest he has been ranked in driving accuracy is 83rd, the lowest was 182nd, yet he is always at the top of greens in regulation. In my book, that puts him closer the the average golfer than the pro that hits the green from the fairway all day. Although, it was entertaining watching Rory play "boring" golf at the U.S. Open. Speaking of Rory, it's funny how nobody is even talking about him playing in that tournament.
7/31/11
 
ToddRobb says:
@EloraBlue btw, of the 11 you listed, MAYBE 2 will be in contention.:)
7/31/11
 
falcon50driver says:
Thank you for allowing us the privilege of having an opinion. Since we don't share the slobbering love affair you have with your favorite golfer. My favorite golfer is Phil Mickelson, as you know from being a frequent reader of this site. Thank you for slamming him. At least I had a 20 minute conversation with him and his wife Amy in a restaurant in Dallas. I'd venture to say you never met tiger. I knew what I said would go right over your head, The new dimension tiger brought to professional golf, is sleeze.
7/31/11
 
ToddRobb says:
Merlin first off EloraBlue said to me "I do hope you allow me my opinion." I was commenting on what he said to me. Secondly, seriously do you really believe that Tiger is the first and only sleeze on the tour??? Thirdly, I believe I said Phil was the fan favorite nice guy with several majors and solid career, not quite sure when it was I slammed him.

Did you actually read what I wrote about Tiger?? Personally I think he's a lying ass skank. Do I care??? Not one bit. I didn't care about his personal life before the scandal and I certainly don't care about it now. All I know is that he is the greatest golfer of my lifetime on the golf course. I'm happy for you that you had the opportunity to meet your favorite golfer, for me I have no desire what so ever to meet ANY athlete. My father-in-law is in the MLB hall of fame, my wife calls Willie Mays "Uncle Willie", trust me when I tell you, what Tiger was doing is very common in pro sports and always has been.
7/31/11
 
ToddRobb says:
@merlein I was using Phil missing over 100 cuts as a reference point of a solid career, sorry I offended you by what you thought was a slam of your guy.
7/31/11
 
EloraBlue says:
Only 2? Hmmm, which 2? With Dyson winning the Irish today, I'll add him to my list for an even dozen. If I have 2 to pick, I'll go with Westwood and Bjorn. I'd pick Clarkie but he's gonna be hungover for another month at least ;) And yours are ?

I like Mickelson even though that aw shucks thing makes me cringe a little at times. He is responsible for hitting the greatest shot I've ever seen and I appreciate that, mainly for the beauty of the execution.

I must make this clear again..the scandal itself means very little to me, his response to it is what I take issue with. He had a chance to be a "real person" and failed.

To the question of who is the greatest golfer of all time, it really is impossible to say. I will say one thing for TW, at the height of his powers, if he played 'badly' he'd still place 5th, and that cut record is really the stuff of legend.
7/31/11
 
ToddRobb says:
I think McIlroy and Glover will be in contention. Phil's putting is getting more and more unreliable, I don't see him being a factor on Sunday.

The way Tiger handled the scandal was "How not to handle a scandal" 101. The way it took him so long to actually say something, I think he had a few more battle scars (to his face) that he didn't want the public to see.

The cut record is pretty freaking amazing if you think about it, there are "good" golfers on tour that have missed 6 cuts this year alone.
7/31/11
 
EloraBlue says:
I think Rors needs to drop back 10 and punt, so I'm not sure he'll be a factor. Glover is such a streaky player so it's anyones guess how he'll make out. What about your boy? Where do you think he'll finish?

See, if TW had got in front of the camera and said "ya, my wife kicked the shit outta me, and I deserved it" his stock would've risen greatly in my eyes. LOL


oh ya, I don't think there's very much wrong with his leg at all ;)
7/31/11
 
ToddRobb says:
Actually I think this is a bad move for him, I've been telling anyone that would listen he should shut it down until next year. I think his leg is hurt more than he's letting on. If the leg is okay, not limping around and such, I think he'll finish top 20.
7/31/11
 
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