International press lambasts Woods

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LONDON --- Tiger Woods' planned return to golf at the Masters Tournament drew plenty of criticism from the international press on Wednesday, and the most scathing comments came from Britain.

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Daily Mirror columnist Oliver Holt questioned the top-ranked golfer's reasons for coming back to play at Augusta National.

"How typical of the man to hijack the world's most famous golf tournament," Holt wrote. "How could he turn Augusta into a circus like this? Does his vanity know no limits?"

Woods drove his SUV into a fire hydrant and tree outside his Florida home in November, an accident that set off sordid tales of extramarital affairs. Woods announced Dec. 11 that he would take an indefinite break from golf to try to save his marriage, then made a public apology on Feb. 19.

"When he finally sticks his head above the parapet before a hungry media at Augusta National, don't be surprised if he refuses to talk about anything relating to matters that predate Feb. 19 on the ingenuous grounds that he has already dealt with that," Douglas Lowe wrote in the Scottish paper The Herald . "But let's wait and see before reaching a conclusion."

The Daily Telegraph 's Mark Reason questioned Woods for making his return so soon after February's apology, where he took no questions.

"All that halting guff about maybe returning to golf one day was just a great big fib," Reason wrote. "Tiger, Tiger, pants on fire, nose as long as a telephone wire.

"How will the kids believe in him now? Woods wouldn't know the truth if it came wrapped in a polyurethane cover and had Nike stamped on it. He'd just want to know how much he could spin it."

Not everyone attacked the American, however. French sports daily L'Equipe had only a small news story about Woods' return, while Italian paper La Gazzetta dello Sport featured a full page on the announcement, saying the Masters was the natural place for him to come back.

In Britain's Daily Mail , golf correspondent Derek Lawrenson said Woods chose the Masters because Augusta National would be able to keep the media at bay.

"All those showbiz Web sites that have plagued Woods' life for the last three months would have more chance of an audience at the White House than gaining access at Augusta," Lawrenson wrote.

Olazabal to skip Masters

LONDON --- The manager for two-time Masters Tournament champion Jose Maria Olazabal says he will pull out of the tournament in April because he is suffering again from rheumatism.

Sergio Gomez told the Press Association on Wednesday that Olazabal has pain in his shoulder, forearms and hands and is unable to swing properly. He said Olazabal cannot practice for much more than an hour and that traditional medicine is not working.

Olazabal won the Masters in 1994 and 1999. The only year he missed was in 1996, when he sat out the season after being diagnosed with rheumatoid polyarthritis.

The 44-year-old Spaniard, inducted last year into the World Golf Hall of Fame, has not played a tournament since he finished 14th in the Castello Masters in Spain last October.

-- Associated Press

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johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 03/18/10 - 04:56 am
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If Tiger's only intent is to

If Tiger's only intent is to please the tabloid media, he'll never be happy. I don't think that's any of his goals. This typically stupid article (AP) is the worst kind of fodder.

js_ee
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js_ee 03/18/10 - 09:10 am
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Using their own logic, THEY

Using their own logic, THEY are guilty of turning this into a circus. THEIR greed for the the "exclusive" interview is what THEY are complaining about. I hope he doesn't talk to the media. Oh, wait, then he'll be "punking out", right!?!?! Why don't THEY go hound the women for more interviews and apologies...they seem to want their 15min of fame!?!?!

TheDeerhunter
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TheDeerhunter 03/18/10 - 10:50 am
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Maybe they are just jealous

Maybe they are just jealous because tiger's teeth are whiter than the average brits....

PGATOURS
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PGATOURS 03/18/10 - 08:34 pm
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ONLY the media will turn the

ONLY the media will turn the masters into a circus, like a bunch of piranha.
The English Press and England need to get over the fact they lost the war.
The U.S. IS NOT one of England’s colonies.

iletuknow
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iletuknow 03/18/10 - 11:23 pm
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Milton Rubin spyware is

Milton Rubin spyware is killing my computer!!!

justus4
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justus4 03/19/10 - 04:14 am
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Where is the "International
Unpublished

Where is the "International Press" on ol' Ben and the felony charges against him? The NFL ( Steelers) allowed him to play all of the '09-10 season with whispers about similar acts in Vegas, and now it's not looking good for the QB. But where is the Woods-like attention from women groups, ad companies, or any so-called responsible news organization? AWOL. MIA. Ol' Ben's charges and the lack of national coverage demonstrates a failure of the so-called "press" to educate & inform which follows a disgraceful & predictable pattern...and doesn't the UK have universial health care? If their views are so impressive and advanced, why don't the US follow their model? (The point: No one cares what they think) Tiger couldn't care less about those haters because his skills are unmatched and so, another green coat will silence those who hate.

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HTN007 03/19/10 - 07:44 am
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So, why has the National let

So, why has the National let him back in so soon? That is my question. Also, why hasn't he been banned from golf altogther, at least for one entire season, the way Pete Rose was banned from baseball? You would think a minimum standard of personal decency should be required for participation in PGA tour events.

b1
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b1 03/19/10 - 07:55 am
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Atleast someone is calling it

Atleast someone is calling it like it is!

js_ee
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js_ee 03/19/10 - 09:23 am
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HTN007, why should he be

HTN007, why should he be banned? Pete Rose's actions were directly related to baseball, not to mention illegal. The same goes for basketball players taking guns into the locker room or football players sexually assaulting women...both of which are crimes. Tiger's issues had NOTHING to do with golf or illegal activity. I agree, there should be a standard, but it should not apply to one's personal life outside of the sport/job. Bottom line is, you can't police morals...that's up to the individual.

flipa
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flipa 04/09/10 - 11:21 am
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What Tiger did to Golf; As a

What Tiger did to Golf; As a man is leaving his home he says to his wife. "Honey, i'm going to the strip club to hang with the hookers". She say's "OK but don't you DARE go NEAR any GOLFERS! Ha ha ha haha ahah.

Tiger has made EVERY Golfer that loves him into THE LAUGHING STOCK OF THE ENTIRE WORLD. ha ha hha ha ha aha ha ahhh aha ha ahha ahh aha aha ahahahah ahah. We THOUGHT they were FOOLS, now we KNOW they are fools....By the way these are the SAME fools who run our banks & Big Goverment... Need i say more???

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