Elin takes back her Tiger, Woods Returns

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After several months of lying low, March promises to be a hugely busy month for golfing pro Tiger Woods who reportedly turned down a $75 million sponsorship offer from Irish bookmakers Paddy Power on Friday.  Woods who has apparently reconciled with estranged wife Elin Nordegren might have had other things on his mind apart from making deals, as he and missus were openly affectionate towards each other in the area around their home recently. Nordegren is said to be moving back home with the couple’s two children.


As the Irish bookmaker returns to the drawing board to revise its initial offer to pay the $75m deal over a five year period, controversial animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is set to launch a new ad campaign that is a tongue-in-cheek take on the recent troubles of the golfing No 1. The campaign which sends a message about controlling the pet population reads, "Too much sex can be a bad thing ... for little tigers too. Help keep your cats (and dogs) out of trouble: Always spay or neuter!" and features an image of the world's No. 1 golfer. The campaign is not endorsed by Woods but a representative of the group is certain that the athlete will appreciate the humor although less sure of chances of securing an advertiser to sponsor the campaign.  Tiger Woods refusal to sign the Irish deal comes on the heels of his loss of PepsiCo endorsement with Gatorade energy drink. In the wake of the extramarital scandals, Woods lost two major endorsements with AT&T and Accenture. Others de-emphasized him in their campaigns. However, Nike Inc. and Electronic Arts Inc. continue to stand by the golfer.

A representative of Paddy Power says the Irish firm “remains keen to work with Tiger Woods” and will return to his management firm IMG with a revised offer. Woods who has retained the services of Sports Communications consultant and former press secretary to Pres. George W. Bush is also expected Ari Fleischer is speculated to be planning an appearance at the Tavistock Cup on March 22-23. The made-for-TV event which holds at Isleworth, Woods’ home course outside of Orlando might provide the right way for the golfer to "ease back into the whole situation” says Mark O’Meara, Woods’ longtime friend and neighbor.

Tiger is expected to return to the golf circuit at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on the 25th of this month. The Arnold Palmer Invitational is a PGA Tour golf tournament that holds at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge, a private golf resort in Orlando, Florida. The event was founded in 1979 and is a restricted field event. Only the top 70 players on the circuit are guaranteed to play at the tournament. Woods  won the tournament from 2000 to 2003, as one of only four golfing greats to have ever accomplished that feat. He also won the 2008 and 2009 events. Tiger Woods has dominated professional golf during the last 10 years and was named Athlete of the Decade by Associated Press Editors who recognized the golfing pro as No. 1 for winning 64 events and 12 majors.

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Written by Lola Balola

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