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. TimInBaltimore

    Tiger Woods ... a guy I have lost ALL respect for. Rather than play in an "off" tournament or two to get the media frenzy down, and be respectful of the game and his fellow professional golfers, he's coming back for The Masters as his first event. Because we all know ... it's ALL about Tiger ... screw everybody else ... Oh, I'm sorry ... he's already done that !!!

    March 16, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. Cynthia R.

    I can't wait, I'll be watching.

    March 16, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  3. D

    Brilliant move! Augusta limits the leaching media and does a great job calming the circus. I can only hope he wins, drinks a Power-Ade, shows off his Movado or Fossil watch, and drives away in a GMC truck of some sort...

    March 16, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  4. jay don blake

    Tiger Woods you all it's all good you all

    March 16, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. Sharon

    Very happy to see Tiger returning. Now if only the media (and fans) will allow him to play in peace. It's up to Tiger ALONE to face whatever demons he has in his personal life. It's up to his wife to forgive him or not. It's up to everyone else to enjoy his golfing talent and report on that. Simple isn't it.

    March 16, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  6. cindey Macallister

    Money, money, money.... Suddenly, he looks a bit creepy to me....

    March 16, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  7. Bob

    Great! Now we can stop worrying about when he will return to the course and return our attention to the REAL story concerning him playing the field.

    March 16, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jean

    I am so happy Tiger will return. Now I can start watching Golf again.

    May God protect you and your family throughout.

    March 16, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  9. Billy

    Tiger did not break the law, and it is totally his call regarding when and where he plays.

    March 16, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  10. Ivory

    Wow... his big break from golf to work on his family. 3 months? Big deal. I wish he'd stay away permanently.

    March 16, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  11. JG

    Tiger great to hear you will be playing at the Masters ! BTW Your personal life is just that.

    March 16, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mike

    Elin is so kind. What does Tiger want more than anything? The record for major titles. I would have let him play all year, but sit out all the majors. He would still be getting off easy.

    March 16, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  13. Indanagrl

    Go Tiger, we are behind you 100 percent. Your personal life is your own.

    Grandmother in Indiana

    March 16, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  14. mike naron

    who cares.......the big money atheletes, people view them as God's just like the big time actors. they are no better than anyone else. Actor's have a new partner every week but yet people turn there nose's up at prostitutes....Atheletics has changed, greed and money has hurt all sports as well as many other industries. right now the average guy is trying to hang on to his job before the powers to be outsource it to India or where ever... middle class will be a thing of the past soon it looks like so who will pay for the tickets to watch these venues of all these super hero's we all praise... what a joke it's all turned out to be.....good luck tiger and win another Master's that has no meaning any more....

    March 16, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  15. Marty

    Go Tiger! As far as I am concerned, your private life should be private, and that is where I will leave it..

    March 16, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
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