Tiger, Tiger, Woods Y’all

Tiger Woods waits to putt on No. 18 during the first round of the Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club, Thursday, April 9, 2009. RAINIER EHRHARDT/STAFF

Yeah yeah yeah, by now we all know he’s coming back to golf, and he’s chosen my backyard to do it.  But regardless whether or not you think he deserves all the media hype, or the American people’s short term memory treatment, the greatest golfer of the modern era is going to compete in his 16th Masters in less than a month.

Tiger hasn’t won at the Masters since I’ve been a staffer at the Augusta Chronicle, but come every April, sports writers everywhere talk about whether or not this is “the year” for him to win, almost like it’s a matter of when, and not if.  And seeing as the British-based bookie William Hill has the odds at 5-1 that Tiger will come back from four months off, deflect every personal question directed toward him and somehow block out the massive crowd following his every move on and off the Augusta National, to win his fifth Masters, I’d say it’s starting again.

And as for the media hoopla, time will tell.  But I’m already hearing of freelance photographers getting gigs just to cover the media presence around the National (since it’s the next best thing you can do when you’re not credentialed.)  Think of it as paparazzi-ing the paparazzi.  I’m just fortunate I’ll be inside the sanctity of Magnolia Drive and not on the outside looking in.  Tigerpalooza 2010 has officially started.



5 Responses to “Tiger, Tiger, Woods Y’all”

  1. 1 alain ehrhardt
    March 18, 2010 at 2:14 am

    It is only the beginning ! The fun time is coming soon. Amazing to see how fast you can go from a ” low to a high “.Nevertheless, he is still the number one golfer in the world. Augusta is the best place for him to make a come back.

  2. 2 Andrew Tucker
    March 18, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Tiger, Tiger, Woo! You know it brother! Looking forward to the first full week in April.
    It is going to be a blast. And now a FULL BLOWN Circus! Just as long as they have chocolate
    milk all will still be right with the world.
    Looking forward to seeing and working with you and the staff again.

    • March 18, 2010 at 12:21 pm

      Yeah buddy! We got our Nikon D3s shipment TODAY. Three whole weeks of ISO bliss!

      The chocolate milk was cold as ever last year. Oh and we get a bigger room this year for our bunker, so no more tripping over 500mms anymore!

      See you in a few weeks.


  3. 4 Sherrell Ehrhardt
    March 19, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Hi Tiger, Tiger, Ya’ll!!! Am loving your blog Rainier. The photos, the comments you make and I really like the format, white printing on black! Really cool!! Great photo of Tiger you took last year, too, which I don’t remember having seen before. Keep up the good work.

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