Mar 16, 2010 12:09 PM by Letitia Walker
PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) - Tiger Woods said Tuesday he will return
to golf next month at the Masters, ending a four-month hiatus
brought on by a sex scandal that shattered his image as the gold
standard in sports.
"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 has not competed since Nov. 15 when he won the Australian
Masters for his 82nd victory worldwide. Twelve days later, he
crashed his car into a tree outside his Florida home, setting off
shocking revelations that he had been cheating on his wife.
The Associated Press first reported his plans to return at
Augusta National last Thursday.
"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
"I have undergone almost two months of inpatient therapy and I
am continuing my treatment," he said. "Although I'm returning to
competition, I still have a lot of work to do in my personal
There had been reports he would play the Tavistock Cup
exhibition next week in Orlando, followed by the Arnold Palmer
Invitational at Bay Hill, where he is the defending champion and a
"When I finally got into a position to think about competitive
golf again, it became apparent to me that the Masters would be the
earliest I could play," Woods said.