Monday, March 15, 2010
Steve Stricker Speaks up on Tiger Woods' Potential Return at Augusta
We all knew it would happen. As much as Tiger Woods wanted us to believe he wouldn't be back on the golf course this year, we all could see through that ... the man is an athlete first, husband second and whatever else third. He's always been that way.
The best golfer on the planet currently playing golf is Steve Stricker, and when Bob Harig of ESPN asked him some questions about Tiger's return to the Masters, Stricker said what most golfers are probably thinking.
"Whenever he comes back it's going to draw a lot of attention to that tournament and the focus is going to be on him coming back. I don't know if Augusta would like that to happen, you know? To turn it into Tiger's comeback instead of the Masters Tournament itself."
How true is that? You think playing in Tiger's group is distracting? Imagine being a guy in this field, trying to warm up and burst through crowds and answer questions that will be 90 percent Tiger, 10 percent you.
Like I've said all along, the guy just needs to get back on the golf course so the healing process can begin. When he starts winning, most of us will forget about all that stuff around Thanksgiving and go back to celebrating when the putt drops. Will we respect him as much? No, probably not. Will it be nice to have him back on the course? Absolutely.
Striker knows what kind of storm will roll in with Woods, it just seems that Augusta is still the best spot for a return. No matter if he wanted to play in the Dobson Ranch Friday Skins Game, the galleries are going to be stupid big.