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.

Read full story

soundoff (176 Responses)
  1. Beth

    Welcome Back Tiger.

    March 16, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ken S.

    Hey Tiger...

    Maybe now you'll clean up your garbage mouth on the course. I still don't think you'll catch Jack and I know that's your #1 goal in golf. Well, I don't think you can pull it off. It's possible, but I just don't think you'll have the longevity of the Golden Bear. Sorry Bro...

    March 16, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. RunDMC

    rainier08, have you ever taken 3 months off of something that requires unparalleled amounts of precision, accuracy, consistency and mental fortitude? From something that you have done every single day of your life, even on those days where you're feeling totally under the weather, or your body is in agony because of the physical toll of surgery? Didn't think so. Tiger probably hasn't not played golf for more than 3 days in row since he was 3 years old (save his post-op recovery). And then to come back at the Master's of all tourneys, after creating one of the best sex-scandals professional sports has ever seen, and getting more press than his colleagues for simply being out of the sport. So let's see, he's got immense personal pressure, national pressure (and by "national", I mean world-wide), professional/peer pressure, family strife, and yet he's still going to fight as he always has to be the best. If you were always such a true Tiger fan, you would continue to support the athlete and icon that he remains. His personal life is his own. I'm sure if someone dug some dirt on you they'd be pleasantly unsurprised with the skeletons in your closet.

    March 16, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  4. Harry

    A great golfer but a truly rotten human being. Why any sponsor other than golf gear would even think about him. His behavior, even on the course, is really bad.
    You can still be the greatest athlete living but don't pretend to be a nice human.
    Of course Augusta – it is the most controlled event on the tour and one he thinks he can win and control his world again.

    March 16, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  5. EddyL

    BOOOOOOOOO.... stay away, liar. The game is better off without you.

    March 16, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  6. Rob

    The denizens of Augusta need emblazon a Masters Green lettter 'A' on Stevie's bib. Go get'em Hester!

    March 16, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mercedes King

    Tiger, I'm so glad to hear that you are going to play golf again. We fall but we can get back up, we all have fallen in some way and got back up. Congrats.

    March 16, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Elvin Talbot

    Welcome back Tiger. I only hope the Masters does not become a circus. I am also concerned about the handful of unruly fans who will overlook the ethics of golf, e.g., booing Tiger as he swings, making unsavory comments, etc.

    March 16, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rob

    Oh my gosh! Tiger Woods is human, with the same failability and poor judgement that we all have. I'm not saying we should vote him father of the year, but he's playing golf and he didn't hurt anyone other than his wife and family.

    March 16, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rcrier

    Thank God! Hey Tiger, your personal life is your business, but you have a beautiful family and they deserve all your respect. Go win and keep your family safe!

    March 16, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. aha

    shame on him !!! thats what he was worried about so he apologized useless fellow. just ban him he is a cheater.

    March 16, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. robert Bruce

    Great news! Best wishes. You are a wonderful sportsman.

    March 16, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Cybersport

    he'll likely be favored

    March 16, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jeff

    ...w/ Verizon or Sprint logo on his golf bag and IBM logo on caddie's hat.

    March 16, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bob in VA

    Hope he misses the cut!

    Of course, I'm in a golf fantasy league and Tiger is not on my team (In our league Tiger is actually split in two). I'l be pulling for my guys Mickelson, Els, Sergio, Dustin Johnson, etc!

    March 16, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12