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Another WGC event overshadowed

March 12, 2010

Tournaments that fall under the heading of World Golf Championship deserve better than to be subordinate to other news in golf. Yet the WGC-CA Championship, like the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship last month, has been buried beneath an avalanche of Tiger Woods headlines.

This time, it's not of Woods' doing. The stories all pertain to rumors -- that he's either plotting his return at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in two weeks or the Masters next month.

Of course, Woods could shut down the rumor mill by announcing when he intends to return in deference to everyone, notably tour players who this week have been badgered with questions pertaining to rumors.

The WGC events have largely delivered on their mandate to bring together on a more frequent basis the best players in the world, at a significant cost to their sponsors, who in 2010 at least have to be wondering whether they're getting an equitable return on their investment.

-- John Strege