Tiger Woods's return to the links following his eight-month hiatus due to knee surgery proved to be a mixed blessing for both Woods himself and the Golf Channel, which covered Woods's comeback at the World Golf Championships Accenture Match Play Championship in Marana, AZ, which attracted 1.7 million viewers, the most ever to tune in to a first round on the channel. But after nailing down the lead on the first day, he surprisingly pulled out on the second. There were mixed reports about the reasons for his withdrawal, with some quoting Woods as saying that he was experiencing pain in the knee and others quoting him as saying that he experienced no pain at all. The Golf Channel has an additional day of coverage today (Friday) before sharing it with NBC over the weekend.

27/02/2009