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Tiger Woods is ready to roar

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He’s back…and probably better than ever. That’s not a good thing for the rest of the tour, but it is a good thing for golf fans around the world. After eight months away, Tiger Woods is ready to tee it up at the Accenture World Match Play Championship next week, turning what was an outside shot for a Tiger sighting into a sure thing. The news couldn’t have come at a better time.

“We are delighted that Tiger is returning to competition and look forward to watching him compete next week,” commissioner Tim Finchem said in a statement.

I’m sure Finchem is doing cartwheels in his office at the moment. After all, the tour is in desperate need of a spark that can make the game relevant once again. That’s not to say golf isn’t a relevant sport, but I’m sure many out there would agree that the numbers only bump when Tiger is leading or close to the lead on Sunday. The rest of the time golf sits mired in a world where the diehard fans watch and the rest of the sports world catches the highlights on SportsCenter.

ESPN’s front page is loaded with Tiger content, as are the rest of the sports sites around the world. That’s a good thing for the game. Golf is relevant again, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

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Written by Jonathan Wall

02/20/2009 at 3:31 pm

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