Playing in Par 3 would’ve been a nice gesture by Woods

Once again, the crowd followed Tiger Woods Wednesday at Augusta.

Once again, the crowd followed Tiger Woods during his practice round Wednesday at Augusta.

AUGUSTA — The new, down-to-earth and fan-friendly Tiger Woods apparently isn’t down so down-to-earth and fan-friendly that he’s going to play in the Masters’ Par 3 tournament.

Woods, who says he wants to be more approachable to golf fans,  has played in the Par 3 before, but not in several years. He won’t play in this afternoon’s contest at Augusta National, either.

Too bad. It would’ve been a nice gesture.

After playing 45 holes in the last four days, including eight Wednesday morning, Woods is opting for rest. Apparently he didn’t consider that as important as prepping for Thursday’s opening round of the Masters.

Woods did not stop at “The Tree” in front of the clubhouse to speak to the media after practicing with Mark O’Meara, going from the course to the putting green and then, encircled by about a dozen security members, into the clubhouse.

Asked about Woods’ level of play, O’Meara said: “I wouldn’t say he’s 100 percent but certainly he’s 75-80 percent. That’s certainly good enough to contend and play well. I know he’s been off for quite a while. He and [swing coach] Hank [Haney] have been practicing back at home. I would imagine he’ll be a little jittery tomorrow. We all are on the first tee. But I would never count him out of any tournament, with his short game, his putting and his imagination.”

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50 comments Add your comment

Wreckin & Thrashin

April 7th, 2010
11:18 am

Are they bodyguards there to protect Tiger, or the females in the gallery from Tiger?

Rimfire

April 7th, 2010
11:29 am

Chill…it is the Masters, not the “Par 3″ tourney…

sixtydegree

April 7th, 2010
11:32 am

What a stupid comment Wreckin & Thrashin. He messed up. He admitted it. He is trying to put things back together. I hate what he did. You need to let it go. It is old news now. Get a life and quit trying to live Tiger’s for him.

Bob Horner stayed hurt

April 7th, 2010
11:33 am

Tiger is not a sex addict anymore…he’s cured…

if his and wife and kids were at Augusta then he’d probably play the Par 3 tournament….it seems to me like more of a family event…I’m sure Tiger would prefer to be on the range…

Ken

April 7th, 2010
11:35 am

I am so glad the world isn’t watching when I mess up, for those of us not perfect it would suck.

This is fun

April 7th, 2010
11:36 am

This is fun

April 7th, 2010
11:37 am

Tiger is such a tool!!

PMC

April 7th, 2010
11:39 am

not really. The Par 3 is a fun family kind of thing. His family isn’t there. It would probably be more painful for him than anything. Let someone else have some glory.

PMC

April 7th, 2010
11:40 am

He’s probably not resting that much either. Check the driving range later on today.

This is fun

April 7th, 2010
11:41 am

Time to go to the local WH and pick up some tail!!

allen981

April 7th, 2010
11:49 am

He’s his own worst enemy; he’s got to be an emotional wreck. He had access to essentially any woman he wanted, to do whatever he wanted, and now he can’t. Rehab or not, that’s got to be a huge shock to his system.

What’s he doing at night? Playing video games? Reading the latest Stephen King novel? Balancing his checkbook? My guess he’s sitting around wishing he had his old life back and how much this all sucks. That kind of attitude isn’t good for a golf game – even Tiger’s.

Hey Wang, It's a parking lot!

April 7th, 2010
11:51 am

Tiger will be participating in his own “Par 3″ tourney back at his house with a couple of Hooters girls that Chipper picked out for him.

Dax

April 7th, 2010
11:53 am

Damn you for preparing for the Masters! You should be ashamed for trying to do the best you can at your chosen profession. You owe us every opportunity to ogle you and follow you around, so curse you Tiger Woods for denying us that chance!

Wreckin & Thrashin

April 7th, 2010
11:54 am

If I was living Tiger’s life for him, I’d be going through 13 mistresses a day. I’d be going through the Victoria’s Secret catalog and SI Swimsuit Edition with my agent and have him making calls. But I’m also not a married man who uses his family-man image to make a billion dollars.

Ted Striker

April 7th, 2010
11:58 am

Where are you staying in Augusta? (Not that I’m planning on sending you 25 pizzas at 3 am or anything).

give me a freakin break here.....

April 7th, 2010
12:09 pm

tiger woods in not into making nice gestures. not in the past. not now and not in the future.

he has shown the stripes of a cad, a cheat and he certainly is NO role model i would want my son to emulate.

tiger woods is no different than sandra bulluck’s husband jesse james minus the hitler hat. it would not surprise me to hear that tiger made similar videos while wearing a white hood.

if tiger woods were truly a human being worthy of praise and respect he would disassociate himself from companies that use those child abusing sweat shops in 3d world countries that help make his fortune. if tiger woods was truly a worthwhile human being he would use his influence to help his own people in africa (somalia etc) that suffer at the hands of those muslim terrorists that build islands golf resorts while sponsoring genocide.

the only thing tiger woods will be doing now and in the near future is playing golf and trying to get back his endorsements.

and folks around the world need to learn that no amount of

Mid Town Joe

April 7th, 2010
12:22 pm

I think I’ll watch the Par 3 down at the Pink Pony.

Lanny Simons

April 7th, 2010
12:32 pm

Do you really thinkTiger could maintain his new IMG-manufactured, fan-friendly persona for 18 holes of par 3 golf?

To all the Tiger apologists out there, you need to face a simple fact. A year ago, when Tiger Woods walked into a room, 9 of 10 people there respected him. Now, 7 of 10 will be disgusted by him. That’s never going to change. If you think things will return to “the old days,” you are as deluded as Charlie Brown waiting for the Great Pumpkin.

When people lecture that we need to “get over it” and “move on,” I can only laugh. There is nothing for anyone to get over. The “facts on the ground” have changed. Personally, I’m having a heck of a good time with the new reality, making jokes at Tiger’s expense. Nothing is funnier than a phony being exposed. (Exposed…the jokes make themselves…)

This is coming from a guy who has gone to see Tiger play around twenty times. A guy owns the EA Sports game and a ton of Tiger books and golf equipment. I used to have pictures of Tiger on my bulletin board at work, for crying out loud.

Rusty

April 7th, 2010
12:44 pm

The Golf Channel is reporting he will play in the Par 3 today…

Jeff

April 7th, 2010
12:46 pm

Tiger is playing the Par 3.

Lanny Simons must be...

April 7th, 2010
12:52 pm

…a closet nutcase, but now he is out there, exposed for the world to see. And, why SHOULD el tigre play in the stupid Par 3 deal? Give it a rest…especially all you guys/gals who are so APALLED that “anyone” could be so stupid? We are all that stupid – most do not live in the “fish bowl” in which we can criticize his every move…

Bahama mama

April 7th, 2010
12:53 pm

Protect women FROM Tiger? Excuse me? Adult women – CHOSE to be with an obviously married man. Protect the 7 yr olds being sold to pedophiles.

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So, where is all the righteous indignation...

April 7th, 2010
1:23 pm

…about Tiki Barber leaving his PREGNANT wife of 11+ years for a 23 yr old intern with whom he has been cavorting…..

Actually...

April 7th, 2010
1:24 pm

…Tiger is playing with 3, which is par for the course…

drsoul

April 7th, 2010
1:26 pm

He has not played it in several years…don’t get your panties in a wad, people..
plus, he probably does not want to take away from it since it is a family outing mostly
and with his situation and no family there… even if they were, I think that it is very
prudent for him to skip it this year…
You know…the man upstairs would not have given us the ability to FORGIVE if he
did not intend for us to use it… lots of hypocrites on these blogs and media…

paveplanet

April 7th, 2010
1:26 pm

Jeff: Do us all a favor and stop posting anything more about TIger. I am tired on the constant Tiger Updates by the media. Prove that you are above all of them and stop. I am sure that you can find another player who is doing something interesting or unexpected on the course today.

PMC

April 7th, 2010
1:31 pm

Did he really have a “family friendly” image? Ever?

As far as I’ve seen he’s ben a mercenary golfer. People pay him to use his image because they wanted people to percieve thier company as “a tiger” IE The best in their field.

People buying Tag’s don’t do it because Disney is on board. People buying nike drivers don’t do it because Chucky Cheese and the American Family Council approve.

Buick… well they could honestly use a sexed up image….

PMC

April 7th, 2010
1:32 pm

His public image was a ruthless killer on the course and an absolute dorky nerd in the media. So much so that he was ignored by the tabloids because he was freaking boring.

Tigger

April 7th, 2010
1:33 pm

Lanny… Linus waited for the great pumkin, not Charlie…

If you were Tiger and had his checkbook, you’d do the same thing. I’m just saying…

He shouldn’t have gotten married but did for the corporate sponsors… so things never change.

Mitch Evans

April 7th, 2010
1:34 pm

Couldn’t agree more Jeff… if Ari Fleisher’s out, who is Eldrick’s image guru now?

jarvis

April 7th, 2010
1:40 pm

You know what else wold have been nice? Not sleeping with 20 different women while married.
He’s not a nice guy.

TigaLove

April 7th, 2010
1:44 pm

Someone said to give him a break, that it’s old news.

Excuse me, his ’scandal’ hitting the news only happened months ago, albeit the cheating bit was going on for years. All the folks ‘cheering’ for his return, should maybe reconsider how important sports really are – vs what he did in Real Life to his Family, and how that impacts his young ‘followers’ and fans (Now would be a good time to pick a NEW role model). Course what do you care, being hypocritical is part of the drive of corrupt sports in America. Whats NEW there?

Darn, too bad all those ‘corporations’ can’t make money off a ‘cheater’ anymore. Darn, Golf lost it’s star of the century. What matters more, remembering he is only human and screwed up like the reset of us – or paying attention to all the up and coming stars, that are not cheaters and have much more transparent lives for the news to snoop into. Give them the light, and take the light off Tiger so he can slink off and try to make up for the damage he continues to do to his family by being in the public eye.

Tiger go home – and his hypocritical backers – so suck a 1 Wood.. Oh wait you’re already bobbing ‘on’ Woods Wood…

jarvis

April 7th, 2010
1:45 pm

For the record, I’m pulling for Tiger. He doesn’t have to be nice.

jarvis

April 7th, 2010
1:46 pm

TigaLove….that was rambling non-sense.

Dalton

April 7th, 2010
1:48 pm

“Be nice, until I tell you not to be nice.”

jarvis

April 7th, 2010
1:54 pm

I thought you’d be taller.

Nativebird

April 7th, 2010
1:55 pm

Ever hear the phrase, “you can’t change a Tiger’s stripes”?.

Tiger is concerned only about Tiger, is that breaking news? The guy is a jerk, has always been a jerk, and all his media-makeover efforts notwithstanding, will always be a jerk. He’s one of the greatest players of his sport no doubt…but so was Pete Rose, so was Roger Clemens, so was Barry Bonds. When he is caught cheating again, and he WILL be caught cheating again, (think golf cheating, yes that’s right) maybe years from now, don’t want to hear all you lovers “shock” and “appall”.

jarvis

April 7th, 2010
2:09 pm

How do you cheat at televised golf?

Nativebird

April 7th, 2010
3:06 pm

Take HGH imported in from Canada by a doctor whose known for supporting its use and is “treating” your other ailments.

Tiger Woods

April 7th, 2010
4:12 pm

What wrong wif yall? You mad that I be expozed as anotha cheatin brotha, just like all deez otha jig athletez? Who don’t like puzzy?

Chuck

April 7th, 2010
4:48 pm

All we need is for Tiger to throw a club into the gallery and his bodyguards move a boulder and things will be back to normal.

Michael

April 7th, 2010
4:51 pm

Hey Schultz, I thought you said it was time to lay off Tiger ?

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Chuck

April 7th, 2010
5:27 pm

You can bet the old fogeys in Butler Cabin are sweating this one out. What could go wrong? Rachel’s paid off, no Elin, no Jaime(s). Maybe Gloria will show up with a subpoena when Tiger crosses Sarazen Bridge.

ereader

April 8th, 2010
7:24 am

Hey author! you need to get a life or find another job man! i am sick and tired of hearing fools like you tell what someone else needs to do.

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