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Tiger Woods' tee-off: TV or not TV?

Tigers Woods will dominate the sports media landscape in early April, even with the NCAA Tournament coming to a climax and the baseball season opening.

Don't be surprised if he kicks it off with a "60 Minutes" sitdown April 4.

Then he hits the links Thursday, April 8. But wait . . .

One of the so-far little-discussed aspects of his comeback is the fact much of its early stages will not be seen on television - which will hugely frustrate fans eager to see him in action.

Barring an unexpected shift by Masters poobahs - who are famous for not changing their procedures to accommodate any one person or situation - the schedule calls for ESPN to be on live only from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

In 2009, Woods teed off at 1:52 p.m. on Thursday and 10:45 a.m. Friday.

The Masters could follow a similar schedule this year, allowing at least a good chunk of his first round to be seen on TV. Or it could have him tee off early Thursday, just to mess with us.

Several holes are scheduled to be shown live on the Internet, so the Masters could add to its online component in consideration of the massive interest.

Regardless, just as much as been made of Woods choosing the Masters because of the controlled environment on the course, the same is true of the tournament's controlled environment on TV and the Web.

New York Sports