Aussie Outlet: Tiger’s ‘Shock Return’ On Feb. 15

Mark Hayes of the MELBOURNE HERALD-SUN has a predictive story today about the return to golf by Tiger Woods.

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Tiger Woods is poised to make a shock return to competitive golf in a fortnight at the Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona.

Only a fortnight after allegedly checking into a sex addiction clinic in Mississippi, the world No. 1 is set to stun the world by returning to the Dove Mountain course where he made his comeback from knee surgery last year.

There are strengthening whispers that it will be in the $9.54 million World Golf Championship event, won last year by Melbourne’s Geoff Ogilvy and one of the most prestigious titles outside the major championships.

You just knew there had to be an Aussie angle in there somewhere!

Hayes also reports: “as a matchplay event, it’s more for the purists than perhaps a ‘regular’ tour event would be, diminishing his chances of being harassed.

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Similarly, if he was to play badly in round one, he could “disappear” again rather than sit in the glare of the media spotlight until the mid-tournament cut.

And, logistically, it would take away the immediate pre-Masters heat that WILL come when he tees up again.

Hayes’ report is short of any new information that would cause me to believe it. Not to mention his amusingly naive assertion that returning via the Accenture would lessen the media glare and take pressure off Woods’ next Masters appearance.

The one thing in Hayes’ favor though is that when Woods comes back, it will almost certainly come without warning, so whomever reports it first will be viewed as dubious.