Predicto Voters Tune in as Tiger Pushes His Luck at Masters

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Snackable Media’s Predicto, the Largest Premium Mobile Community, Tees Off on Tiger Woods’ Comeback

One thing is certain – the world’s greatest golfer will not be caught on Augusta’s links text messaging anyone other than Elin.

On Tuesday, Tiger Woods issued a public statement declaring that he will rejoin the PGA Tour on pro golf’s biggest stage: Augusta. That the four-time U.S. Masters Champion would choose this tournament for his greatly anticipated return is no shock – it’s hard to imagine Woods letting a Masters pass him by regardless of personal issues or public disgrace. Snackable Media’s popular mobile community, Predicto, made an official prediction: When polled in an SMS survey, back when the scandal had reached its full fury, 59% of Predicto mobile voters were positive that Tiger would take part in this year’s Masters.

Even though in the past few months Woods has seemed desperate to protect whatever was left of his privacy, few doubted he would avoid the intensified spotlight of a Masters comeback. Now that his attendance is confirmed, the focus has shifted to just how much attention the televised event will receive. Long before his marital troubles, Woods’ participation in any tournament provided a ratings boost. With all the media coverage the golfer has received for his off-the-green activities, many project that this Masters could turn out to be the highest rated televised golf event in history.

CBS News and Sports president, Sean McManus, recently told Sports Illustrated, “I think the first tournament Tiger Woods plays again…will be the biggest media event, other than the Obama inauguration, in the past 10 or 15 years.” Whenever Tiger is on screen during ESPN and CBS broadcasts of the Masters this April, as many eyeballs may roll in disgust as stay glued to the TV. Yet will ratings records indeed be broken? Predicto is counting the votes on this very question, in a new poll launched today.

Which golfer will don the green jacket in victory this year is another matter. Woods has taken a lengthy hiatus and his image-conscious side will undoubtedly experience some emotional stress while playing a sport that requires the utmost concentration. Yet in his statement, Woods said, “After a long and necessary time away from the game, I feel like I’m ready to start my season at Augusta.” A Masters win would not only be fantastic for Tiger’s image rehab, it may even be likely. Following Tuesday’s announcement, 67% of the Predicto community have texted predictions saying that Tiger Woods will have a triumphant return.

Some questions circulating around Woods’ post-scandal return are less clear, such as who will score the first interview with Tiger? One thing is certain – the world’s greatest golfer will not be caught on Augusta’s links text messaging anyone other than Elin.

Predicto Mobile is a market-leading interactive SMS provider that engages members on pop culture and current events. Additionally, Predicto has established itself as a prime destination for media to reference statistics, polls and public opinion. Visit Predicto.com to follow the company's entertainment blog, news updates, top polls and Twitter feed, or go to TV.Predicto.com for videos featuring the latest red-carpet interviews and celebrity predictions. Predicto Mobile is a Snackable Media company.

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