However, perhaps the more pertinent aspect of the famed golf club’s controversial membership policy to Tiger Woods’s impending comeback is its failure to embrace a single woman. Thus, on the Sunday before the Masters when Augusta National’s gentlemen members tee up alongside practising superstars, the temptation for a recovering sexaholic will be diminished somewhat.
Ernie Els for example, is not a bad bloke. He might even be referred to as a bloody great bloke who would look great in a green jacket.
Of all that can be said of this tawdry affair the thought of attaching the word triumph is most distasteful. Yet if Woods is draped in his fifth green jacket winning at his first tournament since scandal overwhelmed his career such exaltations will doubtless flow.I fear the context will be misrepresented. There is no redemption to be found on a golf course for Woods. This is not overcoming adversity. Nor fighting back from injustice.Golf was never to blame for this mess. It was the collateral damage.Watching Woods at the Australian Masters in November reminded me how pure sport can be.Given the betrayal taking place at that very moment the bitterness is acutely felt.
Come the final round of the US Masters next week, if Tiger is a chance to win another green jacket there will be plenty of fans rooting for him to win but not nearly as many as there were this time last year.