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. Dan

    I would have liked to see Tiger come back at Arnie's tourney. Give the media it's day, and then things at Augusta would have been even calmer. However, I am just happy that Tiger is coming back. The tournaments just aren't the same without him. Good luck Tiger!

    March 16, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ROBIN

    I love Tiger and if he's not golfing, I am not watching. There are many celebrities that cheat on their women and don't get as much attention as Tiger. Just because he messed around doesn't mean he can't play golf and be a leader. I am very excited about his return!
    Go Tiger!

    March 16, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sue

    Glad you are returning, Tiger.You never should have had to take a break. Unnecessary drama, but so American. Hope you kick butt out there!

    March 16, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Gonefishing Bymyself

    I agree with D, " Drink a Power Ade, show off the new Movado, and drive away in a GMC, hell even a Toyota for all i care.

    March 16, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. suesark

    Good! This never had anything to do with his golf game, anyway.....just another media story and a chance for some morally uprighteous folks to rake him over the coals. What happened is between Tiger and his wife...none of my business, none of yours. I say, if you want to continue to chastise him, don't watch the Masters....don't buy the shoes, whatever it takes to make you feel superior and above reproach!

    March 16, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ed

    Your the man Tiger, PGA needs you. The crowd is not coming out with out you, look at last weeks tournment... Wish you luck and another Major win at Augusta.

    March 16, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bill

    Welcome back Tiger! We wish you and your family good luck in all of your future personal,golf,business,and charitable endeavors. May the rest of your lives be rewarding and may it ovecome and overshadow the past.

    March 16, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jim

    I believe in forgiveness, but really...?? I long for the days when pro athletes were role models and heroes.... but I'm afraid those days are gone. I wish we could teach kids to idolize fire fighters, teachers, and doctors...etc. Real Heroes: The WWII Dads who came back from a brutal conflict and worked like dogs without ceremony to provide for their families. Real heroes! Personally, I admire the people on Undercover Boss that are working in tough jobs while undergoing chemo or rasing kids alone, etc. Real heroes!

    March 16, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Chris

    Good for you Tiger. Who cares about his personal life it's his business. Does anybody bring up Kobe Bryant anymore??? I understand different sport and different situation, but he still cheated on his wife and nobody brings it up anymore. Time heals everything and when you are the best in your sport it will be forgotten. It's good for the game of golf. Ratings have been crap and so have gallery turnouts. Wait and see how big a spectacle golf will become again come April.

    March 16, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. AnnieT

    Oh come on .... Bill Clinton was President and he was forgiven...... if Tiger weren't Tiger it wouldn't matter. His skills are what matters this is a game. The question of his morals are not for us to judge...... but his family.... and a power higher than we are will judge him. To those who judge him...... please share your sins too....... then we are on an even field.

    March 16, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. DivaD

    I'm excited Tiger is coming back to what he loves....Golf...If the media can back off, and let HIM play...that will be a GOOD THING!!!!

    March 16, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dan Kirby

    The game is better with Tiger at the helm. Every Pro will tell you that, he makes them play more competitively.

    March 16, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. madashellandnotgoingtotakeitanymore

    I wish he would just stay home. Now it's not going to be about the Masters and all of the other golfers on tour, but about Tiger Woods. I'm sick to death of everything having to be about Tiger when he's in a tournament. He could be 8 strokes back and we'll still be seeing his highlights and talking non stop about him. Stop the madness already and acknowledge all of the other golfers for a change. Tiger is not better than the sport of golf and stop treating him like he is.

    March 16, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Laura

    Tiger can play golf or not. I don't care one way or another. I know he's a great golfer, but he's got a long way to go before I cheer for him or like him.

    March 16, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. terrix2000

    David, it is Sports News, not World International Political News. Tiger's ability to play golf is phenomenal. He broke all records and is a joy to watch. His personal life maybe a disaster, but his golfing professional life is above all dreams. He is no less of a golfer because he is a cheat to his wife. To his critics, "You've never made a mistake?" Really? The news is a great golfer comes back. I love coma back success stories!

    March 16, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
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