Embattled golf superstar Tiger Woods will make his return to the sport at the Masters Tournament in April after being sidelined by a sex scandal, he announced Tuesday. “The Masters is where I won my first major and I view this tournament with great respect,” Woods said in a statement released by his agent. “After a long and necessary time away from the game, I feel like I’m ready to start my season at Augusta.”
The tournament is scheduled for April 5-11 at Georgia’s Augusta National Golf Club. Is it too soon for Tiger Woods to return to golf? Billy Payne, the club’s chairman, welcomed the return of the sport’s top draw. “We support Tiger’s decision to return to competitive golf beginning at this year’s Masters Tournament,” Payne said in a statement shortly after the announcement. “Additionally, we support and encourage his stated commitment to continue the significant work required to rebuild his personal and professional life.”
Woods dropped out of professional competition in December after a Thanksgiving weekend auto accident outside his Florida home turned a harsh spotlight on the golfer’s personal life. Several women have come forward to claim that they had affairs with Woods, who is married with two children, and the controversy prompted several major sponsors to suspend or drop their relationships with the golfer.
Tuesday’s announcement comes nearly a month after Woods publicly apologized for what he called “irresponsible and selfish” behavior, which he said included infidelity, and said he was going through a course of therapy to help “become a better man.” “I have undergone almost two months of inpatient therapy, and I am continuing my treatment,” he said in Tuesday’s statement. “Although I’m returning to competition, I still have a lot of work to do in my personal life.”
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