[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.
I'm glad to see Tiger Woods back on the green
YES! He's back!!!! Can't wait to see him play.
Tiger should be banned from the sport for at least 2 years if not more for hid immoral conduct. I for one don't want my children to aspire to his level.
wow he is tarnished and will never be loocked at the same again. He could have been great icon but now he is just another regular person just like everyone else. break a leg,
His new name as in my opinion should never be called tiger, it should be hound dog!
let the circus begin, so much for the tranquill Big Easy win.
First. it hasn't ben that long. What 3 months ?
Second. For me anyway....I always used to pull for Tiger...especially at the Masters with it's histroy of racism.
Now ? I could care less if he winds up in Raes creek shooting for quadruple bogie.
Tiger, just play golf. The rest of your personal life is your business and not the publics. I will still buy Nike, and support your sponsors, because you provide me with hours of pleasure. Glad to hear you are playing the Masters.
Yeah! It's about time he returns to play some golf.
I'm glad he's returning to golf! His personal life is "PERSONAL' people. I'm rooting for him.
this was so obvious from the get...tiger wont miss his chance to win 18/19 majors no matter what he says
Great to know you're back, Tiger!!!
come on buddy we are still waiting you are blessed.
Its a great day to hear that the worlds greatest golfer will be returning to his old stomping
grounds once again to entertain the world as he has done in the past....The media has
dragged his personal life thru the mud entirely to much, and people who love the world
of golf have no one to look up too. Kudos for Tiger as he steps back in the arena to
tame the beasts who try and bring him down.
I called this months ago. Tiger will dominate and everyone will forget.....
Why on earth is this breaking news? Who cares. He's a man that swings a club at a ball. Shouldn't breaking news be that the US cancelled its trip to the Middle East? Media today, has lost its way.