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. deric

    People get a life, Tiger Woods is just a golfer he's not the second coming. His moral character is out the window and I certainly wouldn't want my grand children following in his footsteps.

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

    Yeah, it's all about Tiger. He should have come back one tournament before to see how he's received.
    I hope he's boo'd off the course.
    His personal life ceased being personal when he became a role model and accepting endorsements for millions of dollars. At that point, he had a responsibility (not the least to his family) to keep it in his pants.

    Remember, the endorsement dollars he gets come out of YOUR pocket, so yes, he DOES owe you for some of his personal life.

    March 16, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. norm robillard

    Tiger wouldn’t need to return if he had stated from the start that his personal life has nothing to do with his competition in golf tournaments.

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

    Who the heck cares about Tiger Woods? I should have placed a bet on his comeback strategy. It's all about fame and fortune.

    March 16, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  5. Bill802036

    Tiger Woods personal life is none of my business, but it does give the opportunity to address an issue that can impact everyone.......especially these days. Adultery is breaking the Law and it is not even recoginized in Divorce Court. If it is a law there should be consequences if broken or delete it from the Law Books. Marriage is an AGREEMENT and if someone breaks an AGREEMENT they need to be held accountable. If adultery leads to divorce then the person that commited adultery needs to pay the fidler not a compromise with innocent party!!!!!!

    March 16, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  6. Recovering Golf Guy

    Well I won $100 from my brother. He thought for sure that Tiger would play prior to Augusta. With anonymity out the window, logic and the fact that his past self centered personality traits (controlled news conference) are still firmly in control, Woods would play his first tournament in a very controlled environment. Anyone who follows golf knows that there is no other venue as tightly controlled and partisan as The Masters. Hell they call their fans patrons for peats sake. Can you imagine what a gallery would be like in Hartford!

    March 16, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. Cheryl

    We KNEW you could do it, Tiger! Can't wait to see The Masters now! Whether you win or not, we're SO happy that you're back!

    March 16, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. Ed in Camden, OH


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  9. S

    I'm happy to hear this. ..... and here's to his full and complete recovery in all aspects of his life.

    Time to lay off the criticism from all of you living in those glass houses.

    March 16, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  10. Deborah

    He's done, find something else to do tiger

    March 16, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  11. Sheila

    To some of the other posts who say they`ll buy Nike regardless–yeah, right. Consumers buy into the image, not solely the fact that he is a good player, so don`t go kidding yourself...for a guy who fooled everyone, the previous comments make me sick that his personal life is his personal life–sure, he can make a ton doing GQ and People to display his false image, but once he is caught with his pants down, suddenly we should leave him alone. Newsflash: Tiger is the one who portrayed himself as perfect so don`t go telling the consumer it`s his business what he does-and i won`t even get into the subject of his being a role-model. Bottom line: he`s a fraud, a cheat and a manipulator, and I will watch the Masters because i love golf and not for a phony

    March 16, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  12. Josh_Houston

    Glad to see it. Is it my business that my neighbor cheats on his wife? No. Not any more than it is my business that Tiger does. The media is a joke when it comes to their attention to this personal matter.

    March 16, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |


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  14. Christine

    This really isn't breaking news as the radio stations in Augusta had already announced that his entrourage rented two houses in Martinez for the week of the Masters.

    March 16, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  15. d. Eisenhardt

    Go for it Tiger. I'm on your side. I don't care what the media says. I like to watch you play golf.

    March 16, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
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