Speaking on Saturday at the WGC-CA Championship, Steve Stricker, who is friends with Tiger but hasn’t spoken with him since the scandal broke, acknowledged it would be strange for Tiger to return at The Masters and implied it would divert attention from the tournament. ESPN’s Bob Harig reports:
“Hopefully he comes back before that,” Stricker said at the Doral Resort. “You’d think as a player, being gone for so long, he’d want to come back before that.” “It’s going to be hard for him to not only worry about playing but all the hype. It’s going to be intensified even more so than it has been. That’s why I thought he’d come back for a tournament or two before that to get some of that put aside before Augusta.”
“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.”
In other words, show some respect for your fellow players and the tournament — don’t be selfish, Tiger.
[Photo by Harry How/Getty Images]