The word is out that golfing great Tiger Woods has been lured down under by the Australian Open, and will be staying at Crown Casino again. Now we learn that any hecklers will be ejected from the golf course and we suspect from Crown Towers also. Media Man and Gambling911 continue our Tiger hunt...
Woods' was and still is a wild boy. News media and your truly can tell you its becoming hard to catch tiger by the tail, if you follow. Who will every forget his steamy affair with New York party queen Rachel Uchitel, and do you remember she was spotted at Crown Towers the same time that Tiger was there! Naughty Tiger. That was an expensive root. Uchitel was photographed by a Yankee pap photographer and subsequent worldwide news headlines followed, then the divorce from his wife.
As we go to print Woods is set to attend a dinner at Crown Palladium tonight where he will speak along with other international golf players and also Aussie sporting great and keen poker player, Shane Warne.
Now we have learned by well informed leaks that spectators who heckle golfing superstar Tiger Woods over his private life face being ejected from the Australian Masters.
Fans (and anti fans) will be given 1 warning before being thrown out from the Victoria Golf Club. Some insiders joked "make it a good heckle if you do it, 'cause you only get one chance!"
Woods has flown into Melbourne where his career and personal life began to get extremely rocky last year, to defend his Masters championship.
Woods has not won a tournament since the Masters win at Melbourne's Kingston Heath course last November.
The presence of "RU" at his Melbourne hotel room triggered an ongoing sex scandal that shadowed his career and led to his divorce from blonde bombshell Elin Nordegren, with whom he has two offspring.
Woods is understood to be hungry for victory, having last week lost his world #1 ranking to Englishman Lee Westwood. He had been number one for 281 weeks.
The tournament is scheduled to begin on Thursday morning.
Woods' $3 million appearance fee is partly funded by the Victorian government.
Hometown star Robert Allenby and West Australian pro Brett Rumford have been chosen to play alongside Woods in the first two rounds at the Masters.
Ticket sales for the Masters are understood to be strong but not totally sold out, which means spectators will now be able to get up close and personal with Woods at the Victoria Golf Club. Good hey.
Crown top brass and especially James Packer are understood to be delighted that Tiger has returned to their famous digs. They should be, last time he brought in up to $10 million bucks to Crown, thanks in part to a group of touring Japanese "whales" and "dolphin" high rollers and sports nuts.
Crowds of up to 100,000 are expected over the five days of action at the Cheltenham sandbelt course.
Let's now cross to the man of the moment...
"Overall, I felt like I've been hitting it well and it's just a matter of being patient," Woods said.
Victorian taxpayers have got mixed feelings about chipping in half the bill for Woods' $3 million Melbourne appearance fee, with sponsors paying the rest, and its been discussed heavily in newspapers and Australian talk back radio stations.
Forecasters are predicting heavy rain, thunderstorms and strong northerly wind over the weekend, so folks, you've been warned. Tigers have a mixed record in rain, but its understood not to slow them down for indoor activities at Crown!
Aussie bookies last night put Woods $3.50 favourite ahead of Australian Geoff Ogilvy at $6.50.
Woods will tee off at 7.27am this Thursday with Australian star Robert Allenby and journeyman Brett Rumford.
Media Man and Gambling911 wish 'Tiger' all success with his holes and putter, on and off the field, and we are hopeful that his 'woodie' and all returns to champion form, allowing his to sink a few holes. May the best man sink the most holes (and win).
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Readers... er, punters, odds on Tiger returning to champion form, on and off the field? How will he place in the championship? How many Aussie women might his score this trip down under? Are holes in one or more in line? Tell us in the forum. If you have a bet, please bet with your head, not over it, and for God's sake, have fun.
*Greg Tingle is a special contributor for Gambling911
*Media Man http://www.mediamanint.com is primarily a media, publicity and internet portal development company. They cover a dozen industry sectors including gaming and offer political commentary and analysis.
*The writer owns shares in Crown Limited
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