Why Tiger Needs to Play in The Masters This Year

Gabriel EarnestContributor IMarch 6, 2010

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 19:  Tiger Woods makes a statement from the Sunset Room on the second floor of the TPC Sawgrass, home of the PGA Tour on February 19, 2010 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Woods publicly admitted to cheating on his wife Elin Nordegren but maintained that the issues remain 'a matter between a husband and a wife.'  (Photo by Lori Moffett-Pool/Getty Images)
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The world hates Tiger Woods. The champion of golf, the man who made golf popular, is hated by the world. His private life may be filled with bogeys and double-bogeys but we cannot forget that Tiger Woods is a brilliant golf player and an American icon. 

All of this hate has come from the allegations of countless mistresses that Tiger has had throughout his career. While this may tarnish his reputation as a person, it does not tarnish his reputation as a golfer. Come on, this is Tiger Woods, winner of 14 major golf championships and 71 PGA Tour events, we can't forget about his talent. 

Next month Tiger's claim to fame, the Masters, will take place, and the public has yet to have an answer on whether or not Tiger will attend. If Tiger does not attend this year in Augusta it will be his first Masters that he has missed in 16 years. We can't forget that two of the record scores are held by Tiger. 

In 1997, Tiger woods shot 18 below par and shot an aggregate score of 270, which has yet to be beaten. He has won the Master four times, which is only topped by Jack Nicklaus. The legacy of Tiger Woods is ingrained in the Masters. 

To not see Tiger in this year's Masters would be not only strange, but a disappointment to golf fans across the world. Plus, the best thing that Tiger can do to improve his public image is to get a birdie on the number four hole at Augusta National Golf Club. This would remind the public that Tiger is a great golfer. 

At this point, Tiger has not released any information about his participation in the Masters. His participation in the Masters was made even more unlikely by the announcement that Tiger would not be in next week's World Golf Championships CA Championship at Doral. All we can do is wait.