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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soundoff (176 Responses)
  1. bandit_spike

    this is proof of the insincerity of his apology. The only thing he is sorry for is for getting caught. His poor wife and kids they deserve better. shame on tiger.

    March 16, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. Reggie Cohen Jr.

    It's about time!!!!! Man Golf is not what that what's that word I'm looking for ............... oh yeah entertaining with out you on the course. Your personal life is well ahhh personal!! I hope that you can right the wrongs with your family. But as a fan it's good to have you back!!!!!!

    March 16, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  3. rob moe

    This is great , now I can start back looking at golf again .

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

    Come on Tiger....come back sooner.....DO NOT let The Masters become a 3-ring circus

    March 16, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  5. john

    Well, how exciting, another overpaid immoral person who happens to play their sport well. Not to worry, he will apologize and swear he has changed and all the suckers will lap it up.

    March 16, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  6. Ari

    lol @ "hours of pleasure"

    but yeah I agree, Tiger Woods is an athlete, we honor him for his skills on the green, not his skills as a husband. But we shouldn't even be having that discussion as that is his personal life and everyone is entitled to handling it in private. Go Tiger!

    March 16, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  7. David

    He will bring high ratings to the game and he should continue his profession.
    In addition, he should swear under oath to never step foot in Vegas again,this is a place men go by themselves for ONE reason "entertainment" I hope ALL the married ladies out there have learned a lesson. He is only one in a million.

    March 16, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  8. Keith

    Who cares. I hope that he fall on his feet and miss the cut. That will be great. He is not the best golfer. He just think of himself.

    March 16, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  9. Shep

    Now I'll actually start watching golf again!! Glad you're back T. Woods!!

    March 16, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  10. Rick

    thank goodness now i know what weekend not to be playing golf
    and watch the best golfer that ever lived.

    March 16, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  11. LH

    Tiger Woods is a cheat, liar, selfish, jerk...After two+ years of screwinng around on his wife and kids, the only reason he confessed is because he got caught...

    March 16, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  12. JimSchie

    He needs to be heckled miserably. He is playing the public like a dog leg with fake apologies. He is only worried about himself and his checkbook!

    March 16, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  13. terrix2000

    Finally, golf will become fun again. The only reason I watched the PGA tour before was because of Tiger, and now I will watch it again. I don't give a rip about his personal life, even though I am definately going to watch South Park, and have even said a few Tiger jokes. But, he is talented and a joy to watch. I'm old and golf sparked when Tiger came on board. It hasn't been this exciting for me since Tom Watson, and yes I am old!

    March 16, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  14. Carole

    Here's hoping he can show the determination and skill that made him great and won him the endorsements he deserved. A Master's win would be spectacular!

    March 16, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  15. Woody

    I just hope that the press let him play golf and not hound him about his PERSONAL life which is his business and not that of the TV people. But we all know that some people will ask and dig because it sells for the print and the air waves.

    March 16, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
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