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. Dewey

    For those narrow'minded people who placed Tiger on a pedestal for their children to emulate, shame on you. He is simply a great golfer, not a god. Your child's role model should always be the parent, not some athlete. The only difference in Tiger and the others is that he was dumb and got caught.,,,,,like so many other high strung athletes, politicians, priests/preachers, etc. Just get over it.......

    March 16, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Don

    I am torn. I agree with the person that said they did not want their children to aspire to be someone like Tiger. But he is not alone, in the sports world. You would have to suspend 70% of the NFL players, half of the NBA and who knows how many baseball players? And from the time they could walk, I told my kids never to hold any athlete with great respect, just because they were athletes. I think Tiger is a great golfer, and I will watch him play golf. But I would not buy anything with his name on it. And frankly, I hate listening to ANY athlete. I keep wanting to say, "SHUT UP AND PLAY!" Very few have anything that I believe is worth listening to. Buying a product from them, or because of them is not for me.

    March 16, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. JW

    First off I would love to know how all of you people who hate on Tiger think its any of your business what happens in his personal life? If you dont want your children to look up to him and admire him it is simple don't let them watch him anyone can figure that one out. And second who ever said isn't a great golfer is out of their mind the man has won multiple majors and made more money than any of you could dream about making so therefore he must be great or he wouldn't be making that kind of money. Stay out of the mans business, if you dont like him then why worry about him?

    March 16, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mbugua Njuguna

    Great News. Welcome back Tiger. I loved you as a golf player but no as a moral leader or a hero. We all fall short sometime. Looking forward to seeing you play. What a thrill will be to see you play at Augusta. Let those who think they're perfect keep talking. Just focus on your golf games and your family. I wish you and your family God's blessings and healing. Will be watching you play and will be praying for your success on golf courses and will be praying for your good relationship with your family. FORWARD MATCH TIGER.

    March 16, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. hiawa23

    Good to see Tiger get back at it. His personal life is really of no concern to me. He is human like all of us, hopefully he can put the past behind him & move on. I don't put these guys on pedestals or worship them like many so I can't say I was dissapointed with his off the course action. He apologized to his wife, his family, his sponsors, & to me that's all he needed to do. Shall we move on, now....Go get em Tiger...

    March 16, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. cchris

    1) we are ALl sinners in need of God's grace. 2) yes, Tiger should know better because he is a public figure and a role model to many, but he is not exempt from doing wrong 3)Tiger's personal life and his sportsmanship are two different subjects one should not affect the other 4) My prayers are that Tiger, his wife and family are doing all they can to stay together. Marriage is for life.

    March 16, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Roger

    Most all of us have at one time or another fallen, however we get back up and go on. I hate to hear so many people belittle Tiger for what he did when you must look at yourself as I have. I have found a lot in me that precludes me from belittling anyone else. I love the old Biblical verse: Let he that is without sin cast the first stone. When Christ turned around he found nobody to stone the man for his transgressions. Tiger will pay the full measure on his own so just remember this and allow things to take their own course.Tiger you are the reason I play the game and the reason I watch professional golf.

    March 16, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Alissa

    Ok exactly like JW said, what tiger did outside of golf has nothing to do with his game. He is still one of the top golfers in the world, and he will continue to hold that position. He has every right to come back to golf. The NFL employs hundreds of convicts, people that have gone to prison for stuff they have done wrong, and no one says anything about them. Leave tiger alone, he made a mistake (well 10 mistakes) and he is paying for them. That is enough. Let him return to the sport he loves.

    March 16, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JW

    And another thing i would like to add is the sad thing about this matter is i guarantee half of the people who rag on Tiger and don't want him to return to golf probably do not even watch golf they just want to be in someone elses business. If they were worried more about what they should be (themselves) then we wouldn't have this problem. If you don't like him as a golfer then so be it there are many of us who do and he doesn't need your support. Leave the poor man ALONE for goodness sake.HIS PERSONAL LIFE DOES NOT CONCERN ANY OF US!!!

    March 16, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. kite005

    Ok all the perfect people in the room stand up. Go Tiger.

    March 16, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
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    March 16, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. JLP

    I can't believe people feel they are in a position to judge Tiger. It may not have been a moral thing he has done, but it is none of our business. I didn't like him more as a golfer when I thought his marriage was flawless. Who cares???

    March 16, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. hiawa23

    My mother would always say: It’s okay to want to play basketball like Michael Jordan, or rap like 2pac Shakur, but don’t put these people on a pedestal or worship them as they are flawed like us. It’s up to your father & me to teach you to be a productive member of society & teach you right from wrong. Just because you are rich, or famous, privileged, or on TV doesn’t automatically make you a role model. Role models are good people, people who do good for the good of man.

    This has always stuck with me, & what I have passed on to my daughter. Seems like alot of people are more concerned with Tiger than the many issues our society faces. I don't care about Tiger's personal life, glad to see him finding his way back to the course.

    March 16, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Denorah

    wooohoo. Tiger is Back!! I only say this because I am separating the "Tiger Woods Pro-Golf Superman" from the "Tiger Woods I Can't Believe You Did WHAT? You Moron". Looking forward to more Golf history.

    March 16, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Frank Johnson

    What if all our personal life was just placed in the media, how many of us could survived that? How many of us have things in our closets we don't want anyone to know? How many of us have cheated or wronged someone? Tiger is just a man, like the rest of us and he like the rest of us will have to live in this world.

    I will continue to root for Tiger. He is the best golfer thre is and will with time dominate the sport again.

    Please note, Tiger is just a man.

    March 16, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
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