Tiger story attracts Masters media

Tiger Woods' return to golf at this year's Masters Tournament is attracting increased media interest.

 

Three news operations say their reporters will be covering the Masters in the coming weeks primarily because of Woods -- the world's top-ranked golfer -- and a sex scandal that has driven him into a self-imposed hiatus from golf.

New York Daily News, ABC News and People Magazine confirm that their reporters and correspondents will be coming to Augusta this year to cover Woods' return to  public performance since last year.

"It's obvious there's a lot of concern about how he'll react," said New York Daily News editor Dave Little. "Given the fact that there's added media scrutiny, we'll get down there a little earlier and offer some added Tiger coverage."

The annual April tournament usually attracts a large number of sports media, but Woods' celebrity and the nature of the scandal has increased interest this year.

People Magazine reporter Steve Helling said the popular publication has not covered the Masters in the past. However, Helling will attend this year to offer People readers some insight on how Woods will play after revelations of the well-publicized sex scandal.

"We're not a golf magazine," Helling said. "He is legendary for his focus. We want to see how he focuses through this."

ABC spokeswoman Emily Lezner said her network will send correspondent John Berman. Lezner said she was not sure if the news agency sends a reporter to the tournament each year.

 

 

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