Will Tiger Be Back For The 2010 Masters?

Paul ZakrzewskiContributor IFebruary 26, 2010

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 12:  Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods walk past one another during the final round of the 2009 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 12, 2009 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
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Tiger Woods is no longer a positive role model for the children of society, nor is he viewed as a man without flaws. He had the perfect wife with a perfect family, and he is the first professional athlete ever to make over a billion dollars. Yet, he proceeded to throw it all away. Tiger moves into the golf season of 2010 trying his best to look forward. However, with the Thanksgiving of 2009 in his rear view mirror, the question people are quarreling about is how it will effect his game on the course.

Let us not forget how inhuman Tiger's golf game is. With 14 majors under his belt, a man as focused as Tiger Woods will not let family troubles stop him from breaking Jack's record 18 majors. Despite shooting 4 under par in the final round of the 2009 masters, Woods fell 4 strokes short of Angel Cabrera. 2009 was the first time in a long time that he did not win a major.

Only needing 4 majors to tie Nicklaus, and looking at the 2010 schedule, Tiger Woods has a chance for a dramatic comeback year and capture a Grand Slam. Obviously the Masters will be held at Augusta National, a place where Tiger has won multiple times. Pebble Beach is hosting the U.S. Open, where Tiger won by 10 strokes. The British Open is returning the St. Andrews, where in 2000 in seemed as though he won by a million strokes. Finally the PGA Championship is being played at Whistling Straits Country Club. He said in his open statement that a return to professional golf in the 2010 season is not out of the question, and the fact that the 2010 schedule is pretty much setting him up for victory might just be the incentive he's looking for to play in the Masters this year.