Stop the presses! Tiger Woods is likely to return to a PGA golf stop near you in the next few weeks.
Word got out this week that the world's No. 1 golfer has been seen practicing at the golf course near his Isleworth, Florida home. And sources close to his camp are saying that the sex-scandal embattled golfer will probably return to the PGA Tour at this year's Masters at Augusta National next month. The New York Daily News is reporting that Woods will likely play the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Bay Hill to fine tune his swing for the Masters.
Woods who excused himself from the tour due to "certain transgressions," has not played golf since an outing in Australia in the fall of 2009. The infamous sex scandal involving Woods and several mistresses broke the day after Thanksgiving, and since then Woods has been out of the public's eye. At his recent press conference he made a public apology revealing that he would return to his Buddhist faith and seek additional counseling. Tiger further stated at the press conference that he strayed from his religion and will attempt once again to become a better person. Golf, he said, was not on his mind
Tiger Woods, who made his professional debut on the scene over a decade ago by uttering the words "Hello World" at a press conference, has earned the fame and fortune from golf.
His beautiful golf swing, his competitive demeanor, and a short game has left his fellow competitors and colleagues with sleepless nights during the 71 career tournaments he has won.
Woods, who prided himself on a life of privacy, had his personal life displayed on the covers of every tabloid newspaper for the last five months. He recently expressed disdain for the media who revealed pictures of his daughter's school. His temporary fall from grace was also noticed when several sponsors like Gatorade, Accenture, Tag Heuer, and Buick withdrew their endorsements of the pro golfer. The speculations continue to grow over the current status of his marriage and ultimately whether or not he will play with the same intensity.
One could only hope that he will be mentally tough enough to withstand the questions which will be fielded by the media and most notably by the hundreds of fans taunting him along the tour stops.
We have always bet on Tiger to come from behind on Sundays, sink the long putt and control the four-day lead winning by ten strokes. But this is a new place for him now. He might be in the zone, but had better be “zoned in” with his mental self to withstand what lies ahead for his long way back to the hearts and soul of his fans.
As a fan I say welcome back and god speed. As the saying goes: “drive for show and putt for dough,” so let’s see where Tiger will sit mentally on this one.