What ever happened to Tiger Woods? For a guy who has disappeared for two months, he still generates a lot of publicity.
The most recent series of rumors about his return starts with a report from gossip site TMZ.com that Woods will tee it up in the made-for-TV Tavistock Cup, a friendly, limited-invitation tournament between teams of pros from Lake Nona and Tiger's home course, Isleworth. The two-day exhibition will be played March 22-23.
Steve Elling of CBSSports.com responded positively to the rumor:
Of all the bob-and-weave, duck-and-cover, rope-a-dope moves Woods has
made over the years to avoid the limelight and escape accountability,
this might be his most masterful idea… which means that on his first day back on the job, he can
walk to work. Just to set the geography for you, Woods could hit his
first public shot since last fall on a practice range located 50 yards
from his driveway, not to mention the most famous fire hydrant
The idea of a Tavistock Cup return for Woods makes sense because it's on home ground and he would be able to have some privacy — the event is held inside a gated community. The crowd has traditionally been held to fewer than 5,000, and tickets are not available to the general public. The event is televised by Golf Channel. Elling got a "no comment" from a Tavistock official about the possibility of Tiger's return and noted that tournament officials, who normally seek out media attention, "are in full lockdown mode."
Will Tiger play? It's just a rumor but unlike the one about him returning to play in next week's World Match Play Championship, this one actually makes some sense.
In a not entirely unrelated matter, former Tiger mistress Rachel Uchitel has signed on as a special correspondent for the fluff entertainment news show Extra, the New York Post reported. She'll be on the coveted hot night-spots beat… and will not be talking about Tiger.
In Tiger business news, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that developers of Punta Brava, a luxury golf course development 65 miles south of San Diego, has been delayed by permitting issues, not Tiger issues, and still plans to break ground this year and open in 2012. Woods is supposed to design the golf course, which includes some dramatic oceanfront land overlooking Todos Santos Bay.
The paper reports that home sales won't begin until next February. Lot prices begin at $3 million, condominiums start at $3.5 million. The money behind this $100 million project belongs to Red McCombs, former owner of the San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets and Minnesota Vikings. The course was supposed to have opened in 2010 but the project has been delayed due to environmental and archeological concerns.