Augusta National in Augusta, Ga. has been the home of the masters for more than 70 years. Behind its famous wrought iron gates, the club has changed little since its founding. It remains an enclave for America's rich and powerful, where women remain barred from becoming members, and spectators, who the club calls "patrons," adhere to genteel rules of civility. It is those rules of decorum for which Woods may have chose Augusta to return to golf.
"It's his re-entry back into this world and the softest possible landing," ESPN's Mike Tirico told "Good Morning America," following Woods' announcement that he would play at this year's tournament.
"It's the most controlled setting," Tirico said. "The only people inside the ropes at the Masters are the contestants, the caddies, the rules officials and a couple of the cameras that throw the TV pictures. By and large, compared to a regular PGA Tour event, it's a more pristine environment. Less distractions."
To further insulate himself inside confines of Augusta, Woods reportedly asked to stay on the grounds at a special lodge reserved for amateurs and club members only. According to the New York Daily News, the club rebuffed Woods' request to stay at the Crow's Nest, a move he hoped would allow him and the media to concentrate on his game and not on his activities off the course.