Broadcast of Tiger Woods’ Masters Conference Will Be Extremely Limited

April 1st, 2010- By Bryan Cross

Tiger Woods will be the first press conference during tournament week at the 2010 Masters, making his long-awaited return to the game after a series of disgraceful acts of infidelity.

Augusta National Golf Club issued a statement laying out several guidelines relating to “the conference on April 5th.”

A live feed will be provided by the Masters officials, but the two days following the conference will be limited by Augusta National.  It will not be allowed to be rebroadcast in its entirety , and the highlights of the conference will be broadcast by only normal sports and news outlets, but cannot be more then three minutes in length.

After the 48 hour period, the conference will not be allowed to be aired in any form without Augusta National’s approval.

Additionally, they will limit the media that is able to ask questions, and what can be asked.

“Masters officials expect those desiring access to exceed capacity in the interview room,” Augusta National Golf Club stated.

“They are asking credentialed outlets who wish to have a representative considered by the Media Committee to submit the name of one credentialed reporter via e-mail.”

Other issues surrounding Woods at the Masters next week will be his playing partners for the Thursday and Friday pairings.  They have yet to be released, but several players and outlets are curious as to who Masters officials will select.

“With great care,” remarked Colin Montgomerie, “You’d almost have to ask for volunteers. There’s a number of players that will be looking at the draw sheet — I believe it comes out on Tuesday afternoon — and will be delighted if they are not playing with Tiger on this occasion.”

2009 British Open champion Stewart Cink said that he would not mind playing with Woods at all in the opening two rounds of the event.

“I’d be OK with it,” Cink remarked. “I’ve known him for a long time. You have to remember this: At the Masters, playing with Tiger Woods is always a little different than it is anywhere else because there’s always more of the people that want to see him play there than anywhere else.”

Among other names being thrown out is Mark O’Meara, Steve Stricker and Phil Mickelson. O’Meara has been Woods’ closest friend on Tour, and is the 1998 Masters champion.  Mickelson played in the final round with Woods last season and dazzled the crowd with fantastic play, only to come up just short.  Stricker is the second-ranked player in the world, and was partnered with Woods at the Ryder Cup, in which they thrived.

Woods, Mickelson and Stricker are among the betting favorites at the 2010 Masters, with Woods leading the way.

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