Despite dissent, everyone wants Tiger Woods to play the Masters

There will be plenty of drama with Tiger Woods at Augusta this year. (Getty Images)
There will be plenty of drama with Tiger Woods at Augusta this year. (Getty Images)

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You should see some of the comments on our Tiger Woods stories here at Eye on Golf. They make me question whether or not I am of the same species as some folks. 

He is not golf's most polarizing figure, he is the most polarizing sports figure in the world. I could literally write anything in this space right here and half of you would curse him and the other half praise him.

It doesn't matter.

Some of you say you want him to go away forever, leave the game for the more honorable, you quip.

And yet that's false.

Woods' detractors still want him to get better and play in the Masters. In fact, there's nobody who doesn't want Woods to play Augusta.

No matter how intense your flame of hatred for the world No. 1 burns, you still want him to be teeing it up in three weeks on the green carpets of north Georgia because no matter how you feel about Tiger, you still feel something.

That is, nobody wants Tiger to disappear completely, giving way to injuries and a mental struggle with the game that seems different than it has in the past. 

Who would the haters hate?

Adam Scott?

Come on.

Both camps -- those who want Tiger to win the next 10 green jackets and those who want to see him miss the next 10 cuts -- need Woods at the Masters whether they'll ever admit that to you or not. 

Because you know what's required for Woods to win or miss the cut? He sort of has to be there. He has to show up. He has to play.

I personally think Woods is going to give it a go when the year's first major rolls around. He played it up a little on Tuesday after withdrawing from Bay Hill saying he was iffy about the Masters.

"It's too early to know about the Masters, and I will continue to be evaluated and work closely with my doctors," said Woods.

If you haven't been paying attention for the last 18 years, Woods is a showman. He loves the drama and there is no drama greater than a heroic Woods hobbling down Magnolia Lane towards major No. 15. 


He loves that narrative -- and he's earned the right to love it.

And you know what's even truer than Woods' passion for dramatic stories?

That no matter which side you're rooting for, you love it, too.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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