Jan
27
2010
Furyk Says Tiger Should Expect Some Chilliness…When He Returns at The Masters
By Stephanie Wei under General

It’s nearly impossible for Tour players to avoid dreaded questions about You-Know-Who these days. Like most everyone, Jim Furyk can only speculate on when Tiger will return to competition. But if the well-spoken, pensive Furyk had to be a betting man, he would put his money on The Masters:

I’d bet we’d see him at Augusta. Tiger hasn’t come out and made any real public statements, so it’s hard to figure out. Everyone is guessing it will be Augusta. Whether he comes out earlier, or there, I have no idea.

Which reiterates what most others have surmised, including the eloquent Geoff Ogilvy, who last week offered some intelligent advice for Tiger. Obviously both are just speculating, but coming from them, at least they’re educated opinions.

Rather astonishingly, Furyk candidly remarked that when Tiger does return, he should expect to be met with “mixed feelings” from fellow players:

There will be people who probably won’t be as friendly and people who are. Tiger probably understands that and realizes that the people who he considers his friends will pat him on the back and encourage him. It’s been a real life-changing experience. I’m sure you’ve seen it with friends and I’ve seen it with friends. Some people take sides. He probably expects some people to be pretty cold about it and some will support him and give him encouragement.

Mean Girls on the PGA Tour! Well, as we heard earlier today, Tiger can count on his pal Phil Mickelson to welcome him back with open arms — which surely Tiger must find totally reassuring.

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