March 16th, 2010
02:13 PM ET

Update: Tiger Woods will return to golf at Masters

[Updated 2:12 p.m.] PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem reacted to Tiger Woods' announcement that he will return to golf at the Masters.

"We were pleased to learn that Tiger Woods will be playing the Masters in a few weeks. He has invested a lot of time taking steps, both in his personal and professional life, in order to prepare for his return. We all wish him and his family the best as he rejoins the tour."

[Posted 11:28 a.m.] Tiger Woods announced he will make his much-anticipated return to golf at the Masters in April.

"The Masters is where I won my first major and I view this tournament with great respect," Woods said in a statement, now on his Web site. "After a long and necessary time away from the game, I feel like I’m ready to start my season at Augusta."

Woods, 34, stepped away from the tour late last year after crashing his black Cadillac Escalade into a fire hydrant and then a tree near his home outside Orlando, Florida.

“The major championships have always been a special focus in my career and, as a professional, I think Augusta is where I need to be, even though it’s been a while since I last played," Woods said in a statement.

Billy Payne, Chairman of the Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament, said in a statement he supported Woods.

“We support Tiger’s decision to return to competitive golf beginning at this year’s Masters Tournament," Payne said. "Additionally, we support and encourage his stated commitment to continue the significant work required to rebuild his personal and professional life.”

The early-morning crash set off a barrage of infidelity allegations against the golfer, who is married to Elin Nordegren. The couple has two children.

“I have undergone almost two months of inpatient therapy and I am continuing my treatment," Woods said in the statement. "Although I’m returning to competition, I still have a lot of work to do in my personal life."

Last month, Woods apologized in a tightly-controlled televised statement for his "irresponsible and selfish" behavior, which he said included infidelity.

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  1. Mike

    Golf is part of the therapy.
    Beats inpatient conseling any day.

    Ignore the critics. They are doing the very same thing.
    They just haven't got caught.

    March 16, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. G-Man

    Like it or not, these days Tiger is golf. No one cares about Phil or Ernie or Sergio, and the young guns who were supposed to be the Tiger hunters have all been a huge disappointment. No one can touch Tiger and until someone can, he will be the game. The ratings for the Masters are going to be through the roof! The PGA and CBS are dancing on Bobby Jones' grave with delight. He made a great decision in making his return at the Masters where the crowds and the media are controlled and more subdued.
    Protip to Tiger: Stay away from the cocktail waitresses and stick with lonely suburbanite housewives. At least they won't rat you out. And please... DON"T save their numbers in your cell phone, dummy!

    March 16, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Outlaw

    Without all the lies on his mind, I look forward to a good tourney for Cheetah. The missed putts were as a result of him suddenly thinking he forgot some detail that would get him caught. Go Cheetah !

    March 16, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Brad

    Who cares about Tiger. He should be suspended for a year or 3.

    March 16, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rita T.

    Welcome back, son. I've missed you.

    March 16, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. AJ

    GO TIGER! Some of you people are real, pig headed losers...

    March 16, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Donna

    The bottom line is the money that golf is loosing. If a woman was to do this you know what she would be called. Golf in my view has always been a gentlemen game. He (mr.woods) probably had a prescription for the Ambien. Now we know that his word is worth nothing and this is not cured overnight, he learned is lesson bla bla bla. I wonder if the PGA is going to do a drug test? What else has he not been saying?? My opinion.

    March 16, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bonnie

    I doubt many will see my rmarks, but I am glad to know that Tiger is going to start back playing. I think it is so stupid for the public to blow everything out of proportion. Tiiger is not any different than most men. Many have cheated on their wives..........Tiiger isn't the first and won't be the last. He's also not the only celebrity that has done this, and I'm sure there's lots of Men in the public eye who have done the same thing! I say let the man get on with his life. Leave him alone and let him Play Golf. As Jesus said in the Bible...."He who is without sin, cast the first stone."

    March 16, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. sadie

    it's simply mortifying how many women are supporting Tiger's infidelity. I'm willing to bet if your spouse cheated on you, you wouldn't be so forgiving. infidelity is not mistake, it's a conscious decision. when you're a role model, it's a decision that effects not only your wife and children, it shows the people that look up to you that it's okay to cheat. the proof is in the pudding, friends. look how many of you are willing to look past his infidelity to watch him swing a stick at a rock. are we cavemen? is there no one else to look to? is there none more noble?
    someone earlier made a wise comment: the summary is when you're a public figure and people buy the products you endorse, your private life is, in fact, NOT private.
    so, Tiger: in the off-chance that you care what other people think and are reading these comments... if your spouse cheated on you 14 times (FOURTEEN TIMES, you guys), when would you be ready to take her back and trust her?

    March 17, 2010 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  10. Donna

    Once again Tiger Woods has put himself first instead of the people in his life by returning to golf before he has successfully workout his personal problems.

    March 18, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Tyrone

    Although Tiger has agreed to return to golf at the Masters, I hope he is able to meet all expectations place upon him in his remaining professional career. Yes an apology was made nationally regarding his personal life but in my mind no apology was ever necessary. His apology should have been directed to his wife, family & close friends period. Nationally, he is just a sports figure who did nothing legally wrong! His immoral transgressions are a matter of ones opinion/belief/faith and he will answer to a higher authority. Don't look to Tiger to be a role model for any child for which he does not personally know or has continuous contact. Golf needs Tiger Woods to make a complete comeback!

    March 21, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
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