Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Will Tiger Woods Quit Golf for Good?

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Will Tiger Woods Quit Golf for Good?

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There remains a very large unknown in Woods's statement: Just how long will the best golfer in the universe be away from the sport? Broadcasters as well as fans are wondering when they might see Tiger Woods on the links again.

Can pro golf survive without Tiger Woods?

In the cold light of morning - after the golf superstar announced

that he was leaving his clubs in the garage while he tries to pull

his scandal-tainted life back together - the answer seemed to be a

grimly-determined ... maybe.

Survive, yes. But in a way that continues to attract hundreds of

millions of regular fans, not to mention sponsors with very fat

wallets? The answer here seems to be far more qualified.

Speaking at the Australian PGA on Saturday, pro golfer John Daly put

it this way: "They always say there is no one bigger in golf than

the game itself. But Tiger is."

By now, Woods's statement that he'll be taking "an indefinite

break from professional golf [in order to] focus my attention on

being a better husband, father, and person" has ricocheted around

the world.

PGA Tour officials said they "fully support Tiger's decision to

step away from competitive golf to focus on his family." What else

could they say?

But there remained a very large unknown in Woods's statement: Just

how long will the best golfer in the universe be away from the sport?

And broadcasters as well as fans are wondering when they might see

Woods on the links again.

"We've obviously done golf tournaments without Tiger before,"

Sean McManus, president of CBS Sports and News, told the New York

Times "But we all know how much better they do when Tiger is

playing well on the weekend."

"We'll adjust," McManus added, "but I guess a lot of it

depends on what the definition of the word 'indefinite' is."

Or as Australian golfer Geoff Ogilvy put it: "Indefinite is a scary

word. If Tiger Woods indefinitely doesn't play golf, that's not good

for us. …

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