June 19, 2008

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Woods’ absence will leave big hole in golf world

The golf season is about to get a lot more boring.

While some may wonder how this particular game could become even less interesting, golf fans worldwide are mourning the announcement yesterday that Tiger Woods — the world’s top golfer — soon will have season-ending knee surgery.

“Tiger’s surgery sinks golf season,” reads a banner headline in The Press of Atlantic City, N.J. “A wounded Tiger,” declares The Huntsville (Ala.) Times.

Two days after winning the U.S. Open in dramatic fashion, Woods said he would have major surgery on his left knee in order to save his career. But the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel questioned whether it would be enough. “Can Tiger Come Back?” it asks on its front page.

Newspapers in states where Woods was scheduled to play later this year took the news personally. With Woods slated to appear in two upcoming tournaments in Michigan, The Detroit News laments “Tiger-less summer a bummer for state.”

This year’s Ryder Cup will take place at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky., in September. The Courier-Journal of Louisville makes it simple: “Tiger’s out.”

Meanwhile, President Bush’s plea to Congress yesterday to repeal a ban on offshore drilling of oil drew plenty of straightforward headlines. “Bush: Drill Offshore” was how the North County Times in Escondido, Calif., played it.

“Bush urges lawmakers to lift offshore-drilling plan,” says the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram.

Some papers take a slightly more measured tone to the Bush announcement, including the Moscow-Pullman (Idaho) Daily News: “Bush: Embrace energy exploration now.”

And one paper notes the politics of it all. “Democrats Lay Into Bush’s Call for Offshore Drilling,” says the St. Joseph (Mo.) News-Press.

John Maynard is an exhibits writer at the Newseum.

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