Tiger Woods getting heckled from the sky

The Last Angry Fan has a good post about who might be behind the aerial jabs aimed at Tiger and his recent history.

Rhonda Cook, an intrepid reporter for AJC, did a swell bit of investigating, and found out that the banners were set up through a Toledo, Ohio ad agency, but the company, Air America Aerial Ads, would not reveal who actually purchased the banners.

But don’t be too disappointed–there’s more on the way. Four more of the Tiger-bashing aerial ads will grace the skies over Augusta before the weekend is through.

It didn’t seem to have much of an impact on Woods, who shot a 68 on Thursday.

I just hope some reporter has the balls to ask Tiger about the signs.

Update: SPORTSbyBROOKS reports that the plane has been grounded by the FAA.

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Tiger two back of leader at 2010 Masters

Despite being entrenched in controversy stemming from a sex scandal since Thanksgiving of last year, Tiger Woods came out in the first round of the 2010 Masters and played outstanding.

From ESPN.com:

For the first time in 16 appearances at the Masters, Tiger Woods opened the tournament by breaking 70, shooting a 4-under 68 to trail 50-year-old Fred Couples by 2 shots.

It was Woods’ first round of tournament golf in 144 days after a highly publicized sex scandal that caused him to take a leave from the game.

“Very pleased,” Woods said of his first official round of golf since winning the Australian Masters on Nov. 15. “I hit the ball well all day. … For the most part, I think I hit the ball well all day. And I just didn’t make a lot of putts. If I putted well today, it could have been a really special round.”

“The people were just incredible, incredible all day,” he said.

It’s nice to see people separate what Tiger does off the links from what he does on them. There was really no reason to boo or criticize him, seeing as how golf has little or nothing to do with his personal life. He may still be the scum of the earth for cheating on his wife with porn stars, groupies and whoever was working the counter at Taco Bell that late Friday night, but again, that has little to do with his golf career.

It appears that the scandal humbled Tiger a bit, and that’s a good thing.

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Jason Whitlock on Billy Payne on Tiger Woods

Confusing headline? Maybe, but it will make sense in a minute…

Augusta’s chairman, Billy Payne, who took over in 2006, made a few comments about Tiger Woods and the scandal that has surrounded him for the last several months.

“Finally,” Payne said Wednesday as he wrapped up his opening comment, “we are not unaware of the significance of this week to a very special player, Tiger Woods. A man who in a brief 13 years clearly and emphatically proclaimed and proved his game to be worthy of the likes of Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. As (Tiger) ascended in our rankings of the world’s great golfers, he became an example to our kids that success is directly attributable to hard work and effort.

“But as he now says himself, he forgot in the process to remember that with fame and fortune comes responsibility, not invisibility. It is not simply the degree of his conduct that is so egregious here; it is the fact that he disappointed all of us, and more importantly, our kids and our grandkids. Our hero did not live up to the expectations of the role model we saw for our children.”

Nothing to outlandish there, right? Wrong. Jason Whitlock is up in arms because he doesn’t think that anyone associated with Augusta should be lecturing others about their behavior.

He’s chairman of a club with a history of exclusionary membership policies that would embarrass even the angriest Tea Party protesters.

You can’t preach ethics and morality from Payne’s bully pulpit. The stench of hypocrisy makes it sound like bull(spit).

Black and brown folks have kids and grandkids, too. And so do women.

It wasn’t until the Shoal Creek Golf Club/PGA Championship controversy in the early 1990s that Augusta National decided to invite a token black member. Augusta National still doesn’t have a female member, which does not bother me but does trouble some female golf fans.

A couple of things bother me about Whitlock’s argument: 1) Payne took over as chairman in 2006, well after the club started to welcome black members, and 2) Whitlock brings up the “no-women” rule to support his point and then says it “does not bother” him that Augusta doesn’t have any female members.

Payne is not responsible for the exclusionary policies that Augusta held before he took over. He is the chairman, and people are expecting him to make some remarks about Tiger and his recent history. Maybe his words were condescending and/or over the top, but it’s not like Tiger has handled himself with great humility and tact throughout this whole ordeal.

As for the club’s lack of a single female member, Whitlock is essentially saying that it’s not okay to be racist, but it is okay to be sexist, or at the very least, it doesn’t bother him. I wonder how he would feel if a female columnist said that it would be all right with her if a club had a “no blacks” policy as long as women were allowed to join.

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Tiger Woods will make return to golf at Masters

In a statement posted on his official website, Tiger Woods announced that he will return to the PGA Tour at this year’s Masters tournament, which takes place April 8-11.

“The Masters is where I won my first major, and I view this tournament with great respect. After a long and necessary time away from the game, I feel like I’m ready to start my season at Augusta.

“I have undergone almost two months of inpatient therapy, and I am continuing my treatment. Although I’m returning to competition, I still have a lot of work to do in my personal life.

“When I finally got into a position to think about competitive golf again, it became apparent to me that the Masters would be the earliest I could play. I called both Joe Lewis and Arnold Palmer and expressed my regrets for not attending the Tavistock Cup and the Arnold Palmer Invitational. I again want to thank them both for their support and their understanding. Those are fantastic tournaments, and I look forward to competing in them again.

I know I risk hurting my arm while trying to pat my own back, but this is what I wrote on March 2 when it was reported that Tiger was out of therapy and getting back into shape:

Does anyone else smell an April 8th return for Tiger? That’s the first day of the Masters and while I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of him playing in a smaller tournament or two before then, I’m willing to bet that Tiger would want to create some good publicity for himself on a big stage.

This one was rather easy to forecast. Woods (and his people) knows that the media coverage is going to be insane no matter where he goes, so he might as well play in a major, where access to him will be limited and there will be more storylines going on then just his return. He will still be the main focus obviously, but the Masters is already a big deal so why not return then?

Personally, I like the decision. It might have been wiser for him to return to a smaller event in order to get the first appearance out of the way, but why not tackle a major right away? His return is going to be a big story no matter what, so why not have it be on a huge national stage?

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