Augusta mayor hope Tiger furor dies down

MARIE-JOELLE, PARENT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:56 PM ET

AUGUSTA, Ga. - The Canadian-born mayor of Augusta says he hopes the media frenzy surrounding the return of Tiger Woods will die down by Thursday so that all eyes will be on the golf being played.

"I just hope that once the Masters start Thursday, the media will talk golf as it should be," said Montreal native Deke Copenhaver.

Copenhaver said he isn't worried about the Masters turning into an uncontrollable circus if one of Woods' mistresses were to show up.

"We're ready," he said. "We organized James Brown's funeral on three days notice. "We've been organizing this tournament for a long time (since 1934) so we are well-prepared."

For added security, police can be seen every 100 metres along Washington Rd.

"It's unusual for me to have entertainment media in our town covering the Masters," said Copenhaver, who said that when it was announced that Woods would be making his return at the Masters, he barely had time to finish his press conference before being called by TMZ.

Entertainment publications like Entertainment Weekly and People, along with shows like Extra, will be at Augusta all week.

"I didn't see paparazzi so far but I wouldn't be surprised to see them soon," said Copenhaver.

The absence of Woods' wife, Elin, during the tournament will also remove an element of what would have been a major frenzy had she showed up.

For a city like Augusta, the second largest in Georgia, the Masters is huge.

"The biggest golfers in the world are here, it brings in tens of millions of dollars for the city," said the mayor, who was born in Montreal but moved to Georgia in 1971 at the age of four.

Throughout the week, it is estimated that 100,000 people will visit Augusta.


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