It’s Tiger time: Do you prefer success or failure?

Tiger Woods tees off at 1:42 with Matt Kuchar and K.J. Choi. (Jason Getz/AJC)

Tiger Woods tees off at 1:42 with Matt Kuchar and K.J. Choi. (Jason Getz/AJC)

AUGUSTA — Good afternoon. Been out walking the course and taking in Amen Corner (still relatively colorless with un-bloomed azaleas). Hooked back to the practice area in time for the Tiger Woods waiting game. He finally showed up on the putting green at 12:27.

It’s been an interesting week, I’m not just talking about what’s happened inside the gates here. Five months after the Woods’ sex scandal first broke, I’ve found that sports fans are still largely divided on him. This week I’ve received emails, comments on Twitter or Facebook and at the end of blogs at both ends of the spectrum, from, “Let’s give him a second chance,” to, “I’ll never pull for him again.”

So it’s T minus 40 minutes until Woods’ tees off in the Masters. Here’s my question for you: What do you want to see? Would you prefer he return to his level of greatness or fall on his face?

Meanwhile, if you haven’t seen it, here’s a link to the latest chapter of the Woods’ scandal. The National Enquirer (which has been right most of the time in these months) reported Wednesday that Woods had a fling with the 21-year-old daughter of one of his neighbors in Windermore, Fla. If this is true, it’s a new low for Woods.

So what do you want to see from Woods today in the Masters: Success or failure?

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110 comments Add your comment

Billy Ray Valentine....Capricorn

April 8th, 2010
1:17 pm

Failure. Of course, I would have said that regardless of his off the course prowess. While not denying his superior golf talent, I just never rooted for him.

NRBQ

April 8th, 2010
1:22 pm

That’s an open invitation for the haters’ invectives, Jeff, and very disappointing coverage from someone on the “Grounds.”

I don’t think Tiger cares much about what idiots on the internet think (nor do I).

Meanwhile, no coverage of the play by the rest of the field?

hold my 9 iron

April 8th, 2010
1:27 pm

What I would love to see is a great tournament with some great golf, and may the best man win!

Tiger...here's your slice of humble pie.

April 8th, 2010
1:30 pm

Tiger had a perfect opportunity to get ‘re-connected’ with fans at the par three tournament, yet he chose to skip it. Bad move. I hope he misses the cut altogether.

Larry

April 8th, 2010
1:31 pm

On so many fronts the man is a loser, but I have no preference for hissuccess or failure as I have no interest in his kind. To hope for success or failure in a golf tournament affords unwarranted attention to one so underserving.

However, it will more interesting to me watching the idol worshippers and idol haters do battle here over a slime of a human being.

hold my 9 iron

April 8th, 2010
1:32 pm

I will say this, if Jason Heyward was in the field, I would probably pull for him.

Formul8or

April 8th, 2010
1:37 pm

I’d like to see him not get so much attention. This along with Brett Favre every year are the most worn out topics in sports.

JVM fan

April 8th, 2010
1:38 pm

If Tiger were truly brave he would go on “Issues” with a Jane Velez-Mitchell and answer some real questions…she’ll be doing a show on him tonight

Lanny Simons

April 8th, 2010
1:38 pm

“So what do you want to see from Woods today in the Masters?”

I won’t get what I want, but I really want to see him… get the full round in!

Not much chance of that. I’m a few hundred miles east of Augusta and I can tell you that once the rain starts, there won’t be any play for seven hours, i.e., until tomorrow morning.

Jeff, if that is the case, do you think Augusta will allow CBS to cover Tiger’s play tomorrow morning? Not to be a heretic or anything, but Augusta’s refusal to allow coverage is more than a little annoying.

hold my 9 iron

April 8th, 2010
1:39 pm

Suit me fine if Tom Watson won it!

Clay

April 8th, 2010
1:42 pm

Failure. I’m sick of him.

Bart Kowski

April 8th, 2010
1:42 pm

Is hit a-rainin’ over yonder like hit is hyar in Narth Jorjee?

Let ye who are without sin . . .

April 8th, 2010
1:47 pm

I really cannot believe how many people claim to be so Christian in their beliefs, yet are so completely unforgiving of Mr Woods. Isn’t forgiveness what Christianity is supposed to be all about??? I also love how now that many folks know of Tiger’s Buddhism, he has become the “last player I would root for.” Why? Is it a sin to root for a so-called pagan? Missed that one in Exodus . . .

Besides, be honest – most of you guys, given the same opportunity of money and women, might have done the same thing. Many of the same fans whose worship of Tiger so thouroughly corrupted him have now turned their backs on him.

Go Tiger!

Forget Tom Watson...

April 8th, 2010
1:48 pm

…as a potential; what a sad person he has been ever since he castigated Casey Martin and his need to use a cart in order to play due to a medical conditon. Tom Watson is just as much a potential deadbeat as el Tigre in my book…

Forget Tom Watson...

April 8th, 2010
1:49 pm

…sorry for the typos – I see so much red when I hear his name my fingers and my mind do not work in harmony…

I's rather see

April 8th, 2010
1:50 pm

the media do the impossible and shut the hell up about him. It’s overkill at this point. You have successfully run this story into the ground.

He’s a douchebag with no morals. just like with the Vick crap you harped on for 2 years straight, move on already. Woods isn’t bigger than the sport of golf nor is he bigger than the Masters.

Here’s what I’d prefer, cover the masters and not just him. We have ESPN for ramming that crap down our throats 24/7

H. Orney Mann

April 8th, 2010
1:50 pm

First of all, if I was good looking, rich and famous, I wouldn’t get married. I would take advantage of those to bed lots and lots of women. But, if I did get married, I’d probably still bed lots and lots of women if I could get away with it. I cannot cast stones at Tiger.

Not sure about the reasons...

April 8th, 2010
1:51 pm

…the other sponsors dropped Tiger, but Accenture had no choice since they had built their who mantra upon the saying “Be a Tiger”…

hold my 9 iron

April 8th, 2010
1:52 pm

Didn’t know that about Tom. I just wanted to pull for someone old, since I seem to have gravitated to that distinction.lol

"Who"...

April 8th, 2010
1:53 pm

= “whole”

Richard K. Biggs

April 8th, 2010
1:54 pm

Long before we learned of him having sex with countless women, I’ve always thought Tiger Woods is an arrogant control freak. Then, after this disgusting scandal breaks, he stays hidden for months, finally calls a limited press conference and makes a weak apology, and expects everyone to swoon all over him at the Masters. I won’t be one of these people and,hopefully, he doesn’t even make the Masters cut.

oldfart

April 8th, 2010
1:54 pm

I’m pretty ambivalent on his golf game but think that he should take Billy Payne’s message to heart and play with the demeanor of a Master’s champion. He doesn’t have to be a Stepin Fetchit of course but give the kids a chance for an autograph or two and show the place the dignity that most other players have bestowed.

On a side note Jeff and this has nothing to do with your coverage, it just doesn’t seem like the Master’s is complete without some reports from Furman Bisher.

heyberto

April 8th, 2010
1:56 pm

I don’t really care if he wins or loses.

William Jefferson C.

April 8th, 2010
1:56 pm

I had sex with that woman, but I did not inhale!

tiger in a landslide

April 8th, 2010
2:00 pm

i think tiger is going to show the world that he truly is the only one who could handle all the criticism and still come out and destroy the field after months of scrutiny and limited practice time…. He is the greatest athlete of my generation and he has made golf what it is today… without him we probably would not even be talking about the masters… Everyone has flaws and everyone is human. Give the guy a break and lets watch greatness be great this weekend.

heartofdarkness

April 8th, 2010
2:00 pm

I don’t often drink beer, but when I do…, I prefer Dos Equis

Realist

April 8th, 2010
2:01 pm

It funny to hear all these losers on here wanting for him to fail – you guys are nothing but hypocrites – are you really so self-righteous that you have never messed up in your life? Some of you moron’s are probably cheating on your wife right now.

Matt

April 8th, 2010
2:01 pm

Jeff, I hope Tiger does well. He’s been raked over the coals sufficiently at this point. And, Billy Payne?…You need to SHUT THE HECK UP!!

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Jameson

April 8th, 2010
2:01 pm

I prefer a world where I never have to hear another word about Tiger Woods.

droopydawg

April 8th, 2010
2:05 pm

I’m rooting for Tiger to set a course record and win the green jacket as a big FU to the self-righteous media.

droopydawg

April 8th, 2010
2:06 pm

I agree with Realist…let he who is without sin cast the first stone. It’s not like he’s the first person to cheat on his wife.

Johnnie

April 8th, 2010
2:06 pm

If you so called Christians fessed up, you’d probably be in worse shape than Tiger. It’s all about the money, that’s what’s dragging all of these ‘HO’s out of the woodwork saying they had slept with him. If he slept with all of these women as well as his beautiful wife, they would be burying him today. The last time I checked, there were only 24 hours in a day. He has to sleep sometime. I am not a golf enthusiast, but I would love to see Tiger win. Then, I would like to see him turn around and give the finger to all of his fair weather friends. You might not agree with what he has done or hasn’t done, but if he was a friend before then he should be a friend afterward. Go Tiger

Joe T

April 8th, 2010
2:06 pm

I am not rooting against Tiger but I am not rooting for him either! Everybody makes mistakes so he is not different than anyone else on this planet. I hope he is sincere about making some character changes in his life but I am not sure he has done that yet. Publicly? He has!!
Personally? Not sure!

CanHewitt

April 8th, 2010
2:07 pm

His only mistake was getting married too soon. He’s obviously a scumbag to his wife and kids. I wouldn’t care much about his personal life when it comes to him playing golf. But I can’t cheer for him because he’s been taking HGH and probably steroids. Cheating on golf course shouldn’t be tolerated.

SickAndTired

April 8th, 2010
2:08 pm

I honestly don’t care how he does in the tournament, but I think the whole matter has taken up way too much news time already. I would rather hear/read/watch profiles of lesser-known players who may have interesting stories to tell.

Dbalcer

April 8th, 2010
2:09 pm

Rooting for Lefty like I always do.

Franklin

April 8th, 2010
2:10 pm

I hope Tiger fails at the Masters. The guy has an ego the needs to be put in place. Phil is the man!!! He and Arnold C.

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lefty fielder

April 8th, 2010
2:12 pm

william jefferson . . . must a been a quickie

Atlanta

April 8th, 2010
2:13 pm

Who cares at this point. It is what it is. Leave that man alone!

That is the problem. Tiger is going to do what Tiger is going to do whether he fails or wins. Honestly, at the end of the day my life is not going to change. Clean your own house before you judge what’s going on in someone else. Celebrity or non-celebrity.

Bored

April 8th, 2010
2:15 pm

I’d like to see him on the 18th green with a putt to tie Mickelson, and then have a fan yell something about his filandering, causing him to miss the putt and lose the tournament. Karma and funny to see.

Fed Up With Wren (Again)

April 8th, 2010
2:15 pm

Failure. I have never been a fan. And I’m not a Christian, so I’m not required to forgive him. I’m rooting for Lefty and David Duval like I always do.

SowegaDawg

April 8th, 2010
2:16 pm

I hope he misses the cut by 10 shots.

Dr. Phil

April 8th, 2010
2:16 pm

I don’t care what Tiger does. He belongs in the National Enquirer. But, I won’t buy any product that sponsors him.

Bama Aaron

April 8th, 2010
2:18 pm

In a simple answer to your question I personally would rather him fail so badly he misses the cut.

reebok

April 8th, 2010
2:22 pm

i hope he misses the cut

Ric

April 8th, 2010
2:22 pm

Golf or Sex? Tough choices? I’ll take sex while golfing. Then Tiger will win but in this Masters he’ll be lucky to make the cut.

What??

April 8th, 2010
2:22 pm

Not a Cheetah fan & will NEVER buy Nike swagg again.. The way they have used the kittens dead dad’s voice to try & justify the cheetah’s actions is totally despicible.. Cheetah’s dad was a cheetah too.. But to have a dead man’s voice over to help mend his sons reputation?? UnKool

The Truth Hurts

April 8th, 2010
2:22 pm

This has to be the dumbest topic I have ever seen on here. I want to see the best player win! That should be what we all want, if you truly love Golf! How could you be so silly as to even put a topic like this out there!!!