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The Return

April 5, 2010 - Al Stephenson

It's now April and if you are waiting for a blog on what sporting event to attend, forget it.  There is only one event in this month that even deserves consideration and that is the Masters.

If you are a golf fan, and I am, this is one event that you would like to attend.  That will not happen for the average joe, but remember the whole pretense of this fantasy game.  Maybe that is why the Masters is considered the tradition like no other.

I have talked to a couple of people that had the good fortune to attend a practice round at Augusta National.  The both were amazed at the condition of the course.  They suggested that not one blade of grass was out of place.  Having a chance to see Amen Corner would be worth the trip even if no golf were played.  To be part of the crowd as the best players in the world compete on this most marvelous of courses - well it leaves me (nearly) speechless.

This year's tournament would be doubly exciting as Tiger Woods makes his return to golf following his shocking admission of infidelity.  His news conference (perhaps it will be a real one) will take place this afternoon.  I don't plan on watching it.  I have heard enough of the sordid details.  Unlike many, I don't really care what happened the night of the accident.  I am immensely curious however, as to how he will play.

The greatest golfer in the world has given us many thrills on the course and several have come at Augusta.  We may view him in a little different light these days, but the golf magic is what I will want to see, not how humble he will or will not appear before the cameras.

Do I think Tiger will be heckled?  Perhaps, but I doubt it.  Those people who are fortunate enough to have tickets, will lose them if they misbehave.  I doubt too many people are interested in losing the priviledge of attending this sporting event.

The view from my seat suggests that come Sunday I will be watching the final round whether Tiger is part of it or not.  I hope he is as it will add to the drama, but this is the Masters.  The azaleas. The roars of the crowd on the back nine on Sunday.  Past champions like Jack in 86, Crenshaw with face in hands and Phil finally winning.

With or without Tiger - does it get any better than that?


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