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One man's opinion

Welcome, Masters guests, to Thomson-McDuffie County!

Again, it's time for the greatest golf tournament in the world. The Masters, which has been the case since its inception, will be played at the Augusta National Golf Club off Washington Road in nearby Augusta just a few days from now.

As the best professional golfers in the world try to figure out the course day-by-day, no one knows for sure just who will take home the coveted green jacket that is traditionally presented to the winner after being declared winner of The Masters.

In recent weeks, there had been some doubt that the world's No. 1 ranked golfer, Tiger Woods, might not be there since he's been so busy with his personal problems. He put that to rest when he appeared at the Augusta National Golf Club a few days ago to get in some valuable practicing time.

I can tell you now that Tiger Woods isn't just practicing for the heck of it. It's not just to get back into the swing of golf again. He's preparing his mind, body and soul to win this year's Masters Golf Tournament. You can bank on it!

Personally, I think if he could actually win it, it would put the focus back on his golf game -- not his personal life. And for those of us who love golf, wouldn't it be a lot better to hear about the game than all of the mess about his personal life? Obviously, I know the answer is yes for some of you and no, perhaps, by a larger crowd than I could ever imagine. Seems that today, people are really into knowing every little thing they can know about a star's personal life. Personally, there should be a limit, though.

Apparently a lot of journalists or so-called journalists around the globe don't agree. For they are at this time preparing their dissent on Augusta, as I write this column, to cover Tiger -- not on his golf game, but about his personal life.

What a shame!

Celebrity media -- many of whom I think of as so-called journalists -- all are banking on the premise that they can come down to Augusta and get the real scoop about Tiger Woods' past. Their focus won't be about his golf game, you can bet.

When all is said and done, much of their copy will be rewrites of what the public already has heard -- not much new, if anything.

As for Tiger Woods, I hope he's able to work out his personal life for his sake, as well as that of his wife and their two children. Already he has apologized to them and to others that he has let down, including those who regarded him as their role model.

What else is he suppose to do. Or what else can he do? Sometimes, the word "sorry" is all anybody can say.

It's time we leave Woods alone and let him get back to doing what made all of us like him in the first place -- his tremendous golf game.

Web posted on Thursday, April 01, 2010

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