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March 17th, 2010
07:08 AM ET

Too Soon for Tiger?

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=""] Tiger Woods is returning to golf, perhaps sooner than expected. Woods will compete in the Masters in April, a competition he has won four times. The world’s number one player had taken an “indefinite” leave from the game last year following a car crash and sex scandal. Woods said he thought the Masters was the best place for him to resume his career.

So we want to know: What do you think of Tiger’s return?

Filed under: Fredricka Whitfield • Kyra Phillips
soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. Dean

    Leave Tiger alone. I would rather see the Media dig into more of the underhanded Government we have. Don't you think that is more important and news worthy?

    March 17, 2010 at 7:11 am |
  2. michael armstrong sr.

    Why are people acting like this guy is Spartigus maybe sometimes people go a little too goofy over sports you can tell that America evolved from the Roman Empire .

    March 17, 2010 at 8:16 am |
  3. Antonia

    GOOD FOR HIM! Can't wait to see him swing that club again.

    March 17, 2010 at 8:41 am |
  4. melinda peirce

    Tiger Woods is being made to much of. I am sure there are regular
    people out there who play golf, are married and have mulitple partners and we don't bother them. Why is it when peopl are famous its big deal on what they have done when these things are done everyday by regular people?

    March 17, 2010 at 8:43 am |
  5. Julian Prescod

    Who cares?!!! Tiger Woods is just a golfer!!! unless he is paying my rent which is due on the 1st by the way...I could care less...Truly the only time I want to hear about a tiger is if one is loose....that way I can get to safety!!!!

    March 17, 2010 at 8:44 am |
  6. Steve Manuel

    I like golf, but I don't care if Tiger ever returns. It's golf. It's just sports. One would think by the media frenzy that he's returning to finish his life's work on finding the cure for cancer or AIDS. It reflects our nation's skewed priorities. His pathetic apology spoke volumes, but considering who is running his public relations, it's no surprise. Congress is debating one of the most important bills in our history, and it's taking a back seat to sports. We're falling faster than Rome.

    March 17, 2010 at 8:45 am |
  7. LovingFlorida

    Enough is Enough with Tiger Woods. Everybody was waiting on him to do mess up. No, it is not too soon for Tiger Woods to return. I feel like everything that has been going on is between him and his wife. We do not live with him, and He did not owe the world no explanation about his situation. I am ready for him to come back. All the other players may not be ready because he is getting ready to play the BEST he has every had. GO TIGER

    March 17, 2010 at 8:45 am |
  8. LovingFlorida

    Tiger has taken more criticism about his affairs, than any other Famous person that has had affair(s). I do not know why they make this such a bigh issue. Endorsements dropped him why because he had some affair(s). He has not done anything more than the rest of the people out her in the world. What people do not realize is he is Human and he will make mistake. I am just glad that he is getting therapy and is moving forward. Determined, you Go Tiger.

    March 17, 2010 at 8:49 am |
  9. michael armstrong sr.

    All this Caddy Shack gone wild stuff is getting old .

    March 17, 2010 at 8:54 am |
  10. Jane

    PLEASEEEEEEEEEE. The media needs to leave Tiger alone. He needs to answer to no one. He is a golfer, not a role model. He should definitely come back and ignore all the media..............

    March 17, 2010 at 9:00 am |
  11. deepwater don

    People worry more about celebrities and their misdeeds and hangups than is normal. Guess we live in a world of vicarious thrills and "getting off" on others misfortunes and downfalls. Wouldn't it be easier if we all could concentrate and focus on what's wrong with America,ie. unemployment, health care, two wars we can't win, education, illegal immigration,and those who want to tear down our ways and values.Tiger and all those who do what they do, deserve what they get, but none of this helps anyone. They just go on with their live, while you fools buy the tabloids and wonder if he can look good for his "comeback" Get real fools.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:04 am |
  12. Rich

    We have serious issues in this country, like providing access to Health Care for all, two wars, schools being under funded and closed across the country and an economy struggling to recover.

    That said, who cares about whether Tiger Woods plays or not. Get a life!

    March 17, 2010 at 9:36 am |
  13. Greg

    Leave Tiger alone. Would you change doctors when you find out he's having an affair? Or lawyer, grocer, or accountant?

    March 17, 2010 at 9:37 am |
  14. James W. Church

    I wish you media people would talk about something important and stop talking about what TigerWoods is planning. I, for one, am tired of being subjected to all the trivia about his situation.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:38 am |
  15. Lloyd N

    This just another example of Tiger making it all about him.Im sure if he wasnt such a money grab for the tourney the pga would not let him return to start his comeback at the masters.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:41 am |
  16. AC

    I guarantee that Tiger will have the crowd following him everywhere. There are going to be haters in Augusta to discomfiture him. Yes, I do not agree with the way Tiger lived but I do love his golf game. He is the "Best" and the game of golf needs him back.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:42 am |
  17. jim dermont

    It's time to move on, and remember that what he did wasn't right, but that was his families problem not ours. He's a golfer (a darn good one) not a saint. Let him get back to work and entertain us.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:46 am |
  18. michael armstrong sr.

    O goody goody Tiger's back America is saved go geten bro.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:59 am |
  19. Laila

    We're still paying attention to this old news? When are people going to move on?

    March 17, 2010 at 10:01 am |
  20. J Plummer

    The more "willing-to-forgive-and-forget" messages like this – the more infidelity it will create...
    Don't forget there is real value in being committed to one's
    family – each partner needs to enter such a union with the awareness of the responsibility that comes with that.
    Think of your own children and what message that sends,
    think of your own spouses and question your own willingness to forgive and forget ?!
    Beware not to measure someone famous too liberally – it sets a bad example – as it looks more like an open invitation to cheat.
    [BTW neither spouse would ever be safe from STDs with one or both cheating.]

    March 17, 2010 at 10:03 am |
  21. Honesty

    If Tiger was a woman she would be assailed for such deviant behavior. Since he's a man men overlook the fact that he is a creep. There will be comments made from the golf audience during play- you can bet on that. The jeers will be such a distraction he will not be able to play. His days are over. He should stay out of the public eye – he is a disgrace and needs help.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:04 am |
  22. Justin Cooper

    come on. let tiger get back to what he does best. people make mistakes. he is human. we all do it. so forget about the past tiger and play some golf.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:04 am |
  23. ellen

    i feared tiger's need to compete would surpass his respect for the master's tournament, it's tradition, it's grandeur. he will turn augusta national into a circus! if it weren't still all about tiger, he would have chosen a smaller, quieter re-entry. the other competitiors and tournament administrators do not deserve this. i could not care less about whether or not it is the right decision for tiger. i am so saddened at his selfishness and shortsightedness.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:06 am |
  24. Sharron Woodson

    I love the fact that he has decided to return to Golf. I cannot play, hardly understand the game but, I do know that he is the best and he has qualities that a lot of people admire. Yes, he made a big mistake with his personal life but, I have seen the media drag stories about other famous people on for weeks on end and then everything stops and its back to business as usual. GIVE THE MAN A BREAK... He is human and deserves a chance to correct his mistakes and move on with his life... Swap places, how would you like to see your personal like splattered all over the television everytime you turned on the set. Not a pleasant thing to experience and it needs to stop. Let Tiger and his family have a chance to heal.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:09 am |
  25. Arine Ward

    Welcome Back Tiger!
    @Honesty...with that name you would think you would see the big picture of everything...
    First and Foremost...there will be hackling as this is the Master...Top Notch Golfers with the Respect for Golf in mind...Not who was sleeping with who...
    As to your name you would think you would know and understand that...As to name calling being so Honest...I'm sure you know your share of creeps...Honestly speaking with using words like creep etc, it must mean that your in the place of anger because you have been cheated upon...Grow up...get over it!

    March 17, 2010 at 10:09 am |
  26. Patrice Greanville

    JEEEZ! Who cares about this guy! You people in the mainstream media have to start getting serious about focusing attention on things that really matter instead of inane frivolities like the lives of stupid celebrities. Stop competing with E! and other trash TV programs that already waste enough media space on such topics. Enough is enough. Your producers and executives should earn their money instead of catering constantly to the lowest common denominator and/or pleasing rich folks and wannabes for whom this stupid "sport" of swinging clubs on a fairway is prime time news, and you have to shove this down our throats. But heck, what can we expect from the so-called professional (mainstream) media? You're out there to make money not perform a public service. Oh, by the way, don't respond by telling me that I have so much "choice" on the tube, so if I don't like it I can simply change the channel. With your wolf pack mentality that is usually an empty claim.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:09 am |
  27. Arine Ward

    The majority of the people here claiming a "Right" to judge someone, has either lived through a Cheating Relationship...but your still here...get over it...They do tributes to Marilyn Monroe, and it was evident she was sleeping with President Kennedy! So no women aren't raked over the coals for infidelities....There are so many things so much more important than this....How many people will die from lack of Health Care and How many people really care? Exactly! No one wants that because its helping someone and not tearing them the hell down, like a cheap kicks are given for pillow talk!

    March 17, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  28. Sohail

    Tiger is a great golfer. We HAVE to separate his personal life from his profession. I can't wait seeing him back in club.

    March 17, 2010 at 10:38 am |
  29. Fred

    I hope playing the game for which he was given so many gifts will soon become a part of a healing process for him and his dear family...what a great way to honor them and the sport!

    March 17, 2010 at 10:41 am |
  30. Butch

    Fred :

    We have been very judgemental. The cast the first stone idea sort of went out the window on this one. We're all guilty of something, at one time or another. Aren't we?

    Let's just let Tiger get back to being Tiger. What he does in his spare time is none of our business. We need him to rescue professional golf. It's not doing so well without him.

    Hit em long straight and hard TIger ...oh the golf ball that is 🙂

    March 17, 2010 at 10:49 am |
  31. Tormels

    To Loving Florida: "Tiger has taken more criticism about his affairs, than any other Famous person that has had affair(s). "?? Ever hear of Bill Clinton? Too bad more people didn't have your forgiving attitude back then, so that this country wouldn't have to have gone through that sham of an Impeachment. Which indirectly led to the "election" of Bush & our involvement in multiple wars...

    March 17, 2010 at 11:06 am |
  32. Rudy Rosales

    I have been playing golf for over forty years and have been watching golf on t.v. since it has been televized, I love the game.
    Mr. Woods has, in my opinion desecrated the sanctity of marriage and family and he has lost my support and interest in his future success on the P.G.A. tour.
    I will continue to watch and enjoy Golf on t.v.with or without Mr. Woods, there where greats before him and there will be greats after him.

    Mr. Rosales

    March 17, 2010 at 11:22 am |
  33. Sarah E

    All of this Tiger Woods broo-ha-ha is a big yawn. There are far more important issues, like the US and global economy, heath care reform, and the situation in the Middle East that the mainstream media should be paying attention to. It's time for real news, not celebrity misdeeds, to dominate the headlines. By the way, Patrice and Tormels, your comments are flawless.

    March 17, 2010 at 11:25 am |
  34. Arine Ward

    He will not be the first Man or Woman to desecrate the beloved institution of Marriage!

    So lets not get all "Holy" as there are many, many, many Marriages that have placed a thorn and bad seed in marriage...and he nor she will be the last!

    So please lets stop making this so personal...Misery Loves Company!

    March 17, 2010 at 11:25 am |
  35. Christina

    Seriously!!! Come on already get over it. I think it's more scandalous that he is a weak tipper and doesn't pay for stuff...he's a cheapy. He messed up HIS marriage not anyone else's so mind your own business media. Those skanks were in it knowing he was married and loved the ride...they should have had more self respect no matter who he was. He never should have hid in the first place. Go Elin! for whipping his butt too! It's her business not ours. Put him back to work girl!!!

    Like someone said earlier I think we should be worried more about the people making our laws and taking away our services who are sexual deviants in office.

    March 17, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
  36. Marvin Daniels

    Tiger's love is golf. His family life is his and no one can't answer that question, only him. Media is using his affairs to keep theit ratinng up. Media has gotten to the point of destroying people lives in order to make a buck. Let him decide.

    March 17, 2010 at 12:51 pm |
  37. Al

    Why not just leave Tiger alone and let him recover his career.

    March 17, 2010 at 1:57 pm |
  38. David

    I think you guys should just leave him alone. I am sure that those reporting and the media have multiple sex lovers to. so please leave alone. I know that he is going to win this game. It's not like he went to bomb mars.
    I think that he is a great player and for sure the ladies love rich guys so come to think of it is not really his fault. Am sure the ladies went too much not Tiger. Tiger big up's to you. 🙂

    March 17, 2010 at 2:01 pm |
  39. Bullfrog

    amen all

    March 17, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  40. Louise

    CNN, please.......................... don't go down this road. Read the comments. The public is TIRED, TIRED , TIRED of the Tiger Woods story!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. Your network is considered top of the line. Continuing this story lowers your standards. Bernie Madoff destroyed the lives of thousands of people when he stole their money. He did not receive this much publicity. Child molesters don't even receive this much coverage. NO MORE TIGER WOODS STORIES.

    March 18, 2010 at 7:37 am |
  41. Alex Lotoski

    Too soon for Tiger you ask? First of all, CNN and the rest of the media world needs to get off this thing with Tiger. Frederika and Kyra....don't you have anything better to do? There are other more important issues to report about. Our boys are being killed Asia and Asia Minor. People are out of work. We have a Congress and Senate which can't govern. We have a Tea Party bordering on acts of anarchism and treason. We have Dr Gupta trying to discern about the mysteries of brain tumors and diet sodas. Give me a break as well as Tiger. Let Tiger get back to work and if he wants to choose between his golf girls or his wife that is his business. He can put his golf balls wherever he sees fit. It is still a free country of free speech and deeds as long as they are legal. How about doing an expose on the cheating members of the media for laughs?

    March 18, 2010 at 8:49 am |
  42. deepwater don

    Boehner and McConnell are shooting themselves in the foot everytime they open their narrow minded,knee jerk,cry baby opinions on how we should think and act. How can the people of these states who they represent sleep at night knowing those two clowns represent them? They should be voted out of office so they can go be ceo's of insurance companies who elected them in the first place. Or maybe they can be members of a think tank for malcontents, or maybe even Fox News spokesmen. Sarah Palin move over. Make room for some real losers.

    March 18, 2010 at 9:12 am |
  43. Linda Scott

    Hello Fredrika – Please post my comment on your program...
    The US is behind in times. Most countries have universal healthcare. The lack of healthcare leaves the US with an unhealthy workforce, and and unhealthy people.. I also think the bill would help US companies, as they are constantly cutting back due to budget problems, and soaring healthcare costs. Companies today, want to hire contractors and not permanent employees to save money and avoid paying health and other benefits. Please vote for the healthcare bill, we have nothing to lose at this point.

    March 18, 2010 at 9:23 am |
  44. Joan Greathouse

    ES"Let he that is without sin, cast the fisrt stone."
    He timed this just right. He will not have 2 deal with those silly questions the media would ask.
    Hurry back Tiger. I have not watched a golf game since u have been gone.
    I don't like Tiger's personality, but I love his golf

    March 18, 2010 at 9:28 am |
  45. George

    We need to pass this health bill. This is a life and death bill many americans will die if this bill dose not pass. Any one who votes this bill down their deaths will be on their hands.

    March 18, 2010 at 9:39 am |
  46. Hazel-Uganda

    I think Tiger is making the right decision to make a come back now, how soon is too soon, its time to put the past behind and focus on what the world has known him, I can't imagine the masters without him, and if he wins.......I will be cheering from my small country. I always wonder whether some of the sponsors made the right decision to cancel and publise their disassociation with Tiger. Great men are those who rise above all circumustances and how quick you recover from the fall

    March 18, 2010 at 9:59 am |
  47. Bill

    Good morning-
    I just wanted to point out three things.

    1. Not long ago, the Republicans had full control of the White House, House, and Senate (and some would argu the Supreme Court), and they did nothing to address this issue. Instead, they focused their attention on a stained dress. Now, they are doing everything they can to stop Democrats from doing anything about health care while they offer no real alternative. What are the values expressed here?

    2. For all the complaining about government intervention in health care, I heard no one complaining about it when we were in line at the local high school for H1N1 innoculations last fall. Do those who object to government intervention in health care also oppose the VA, CDC, and Surgeon General's office?

    3. The Republicans should be ashamed of themselves for their obstructionism while people are losing everything to illness and a lack of adequate health care. Democrats should be ashamed of their bungling and lack of leadership. The issue is not Democrat vs. Republican on health care; the issue is that our government is not functional and certainly no longer representative.


    March 18, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  48. takwi

    Good Morning Fredricka, I believe if the healthcare bill is passed we will become a healthier, stronger United States of America. Republicans say they know what the American people need but all we ever hear them worrying about is how these big money insurance companies end up after it is passed! These big money insurance companies own most of the hospitals we Americans visit that don't have healthcare, then end up having a lot of medical bills piling up! This bill would help a lot more Americans acquire & maintain good credit hence more consumer spending on other products, goods & services.... Think about it!! Now who really cares if we the people have another choice for good health!! I believe some law makers are worried about their investments in these companies so please wake up and think why only the Republicans who do not want this bill to pass after they have been there for eight years!! Greed greed!

    March 18, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  49. Andrew Malone

    I think for Tiger's sake he needs to come out and kick butt at the masters. If he does then I think the media will leave him alone. But if he flops then the media will stay all over him.

    March 18, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  50. Mal

    Gallieo,(SP?), was apparently wrong. The universe does revolve around Tiger Woods.

    March 19, 2010 at 12:39 am |
  51. Laine Swartz

    Poooooor Tiger.......Absolutely no sympathy for you...You Play, you pay....Hope you had fun at others expense..If you had any morals...Donate your winnings to all the women who's haearts who have been broken so badly by jerks like you.

    March 19, 2010 at 3:00 am |
  52. Laine Swartz

    Poooooor Tiger.......Absolutely no sympathy for you...You Play, you pay....Hope you had fun at others expense..If you had any morals...Donate your winnings to all the women who's hearts who have been broken so badly by jerks like you.

    March 19, 2010 at 3:01 am |
  53. Sandy

    I believe so...look at serious musicians and actors and other famous people, their public needs to heal and when they do put in the effort and time to repair their lives then comeback, they usually come back bigger than before and much more respected. Trust needs to first be re-earned in their personal life, then their public. As in drug addiction, it runs rampant among fame and is too easily available with so many, many temptations, so is fame and sexual opportunities with lots of partners...go home tiger and grow up, you had to become a man and breadwinner too early, you lost your father not long ago, you have a beautiful family and a really intelligent, accomplished, compassionate and loving wife. Let her have the time she needs to trust again and know all is will never, never find another caliber of woman like her in your glitzed and ditzed out world of fame...this I am confident (look at all the women who came out of the woodwork when your world came crashing down)...none, could even hold a candle to your wife, nor will they ever, you have a rare gem, worth far more than you could ever make or find anywhere else.

    March 19, 2010 at 3:51 pm |
  54. Sylvia A

    If Tiger Woods think he can come back and do a good job of golfing then let the man do his Job.He had 14 women and did not miss a stroke. Im sure he can do it again. good Luck Tiger

    March 20, 2010 at 7:02 am |

    I will play him and explain that people shouldn't comment without proper research studies on his timeline.

    Alexander The Great

    March 20, 2010 at 12:07 pm |
  56. Karen

    I agree – leave him alone – I'm glad he's back – I'm interested in the athlete, not his personal ife – although his willingness to get treatment is a pleasant change over seeing sexual prowess praised when a basketball player (and most other sports) is involved. People mistreat animals, beat their wives, get in fights – and within days they back playing making a lot of money. Go Tiger!

    March 20, 2010 at 1:23 pm |
  57. John W. Mikus

    Who cares about a so-called sport that is nothing but large scale pocket billiards played on meticulously groomed grass?

    March 20, 2010 at 1:28 pm |