The Masters and Tiger's Return

As with most sports drama, what happens off the field (or course) is often what makes an event so tremendous. The Masters was Tiger Woods’ first tournament since that fateful Thanksgiving night when his wife Elin displayed her own golf skills, chasing Woods back to his SUV, which he promptly crashed in his hurry to escape. But not only was it Woods’ first tournament, it was also his first unrestricted press conference since Thanksgiving. Of course, he didn’t really state anything new. Tiger, golf’s newest fallen-hero-turned-villain, ended up Tied for 4th, not a terrible finish for someone who wasn’t even sure when he was going to make his comeback about a month ago.

On the other side of the coin is our hero, Phil Mickelson, the first place finisher and winner of the coveted green jacket. Mickelson’s wife Amy made her first appearance on the course since being diagnosed with breast cancer about a year ago. Arriving with their three children, she was there to watch her husband play. It’s a heart-warming story that stands in stark contrast to Woods’ fall from grace, pitting the virtues of love and family against the temptations of sex, fame, and money. I think the only thing that could’ve made it more dramatic was if Woods came in second.

Maybe this display of family love was too much for Woods’ wife Elin Nordegren, or maybe she has just now decided that she’s had enough. It was reported today that on Tuesday she left their home, leaving the children in the care of a nanny. Woods announced today that he would be playing at the US Open at Pebble Beach. It will remain to be seen if these new developments with Elin affect anything.

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