Tiger, Tiger, Tiger Woods Yall: Tiger Woods Will Return To Golf At Masters in April
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. “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.