Four Corners: Which tournament will be Woods' 1st back on Tour?

March 04, 2010

On a Quail hunt
Teddy Greenstein

Chicago Tribune

Even those who claim to know every hidden detail about the night Tiger Woods smashed his SUV admit they have no clue when Woods will return to the links. Woods might not even know.

But that won't stop us from taking a stab. My best guess is the Quail Hollow Championship.

Formerly known as the Wachovia Championship, this April 29-May 2 event in Charlotte, N.C., is the perfect warm-up for The Players Championship the following week. Woods won at the Quail Hollow Club in 2007 and took fourth there last year. It is described as a "big boy" course and a haven for ball strikers.

Playing the PGA Tour's prized event the next week would allow him to thank the Tour for having his back - and letting him use their clubhouse for his apology.

tgreenstein@tribune.com

King of the hill
Tom Yantz

Hartford Courant

Dismiss those who insisted Tiger Woods should have come back for the Waste Management Phoenix Open because it was a fitting title for where his personal life has gone.

Woods will return to the PGA Tour on March 25 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Golf's heir to the throne has won the king's tournament at Bay Hill six times, including last year, when he earned his first victory after coming back from knee surgery.

Woods loves familiar courses where he has played well.

From all indications, Woods is back on the range working on his game. His personal life still is a work in progress. But remember, golf is his livelihood and legacy. He needs to get back on course before the Masters. Bay Hill for Arnold's event is the one.

tyantz@tribune.com

Tavistock perfect fit
Jeff Shain

Orlando Sentinel

Now that Tiger Woods has golf clubs in his hands, I'll go back to my (semi-)original forecast of the Tavistock Cup.

For a guy seemingly more desperate than ever to avoid the circus these days, you couldn't draw up a better confluence of settings than Tavistock 7.0.

Woods can walk out the front door and be on the Isleworth tee in 10 minutes. He would be playing among friends - on both sides of the rivalry. Tavistock brass can jigger the pairings to avoid any testy matchups. Galleries are invitation-only. And no one has to take questions afterward.

From his standpoint, what's not to like? The iffier question is whether Woods segues straight into the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Then again, he could go straight from Tavistock to Augusta National.

jshain@tribune.com

Gearing for Open?
Diane Pucin

Los Angeles Times

Reports say Tiger Woods is hitting golf balls, which is better than reports that told us Tiger was in various rehab centers. And this report, from the Associated Press, likely is legitimate. So maybe Woods is readying himself for professional golf.

During his statement on Feb. 19, Woods seemed fully engaged and emotional only when he spoke of his anger about false reports and about cameramen pursuing his family. He was robotic in talking golf.

This didn't seem like a man aching to get back in tournaments. Woods is a proud man and now a disgraced man. Everyone seems to think the Tavistock Cup and Masters are his program.

Just a hunch, but maybe Woods doesn't want the Masters maelstrom. How about the Memorial the first weekend in June in Columbus, Ohio, and the U.S. Open two weeks later at Pebble Beach?

dpucin@tribune.com

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