Tiger Woods Returning to Golf April 8

Celebrity News Mar. 16, 2010 AT 11:43AM
Tiger Woods Returning to Golf April 8 Credit: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

He's baaack!

On Tuesday, Tiger Woods - who apologized last month for cheating on his wife Elin with numerous women - announced he is returning to golf Apr. 8 to play in the Masters tournament in Augusta, Ga.

In a statement, the golfer, 34, said:

"The Masters is where I won my first major and I view this tournament with great respect. After a long and necessary time away from the game, I feel like I'm ready to start my season at Augusta.

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"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.

"I have undergone almost two months of inpatient therapy and I am continuing my treatment. Although I'm returning to competition, I still have a lot of work to do in my personal life.

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"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. I called both Joe Lewis and Arnold Palmer and expressed my regrets for not attending the Tavistock Cup and the Arnold Palmer Invitational. I again want to thank them both for their support and their understanding. Those are fantastic tournaments and I look forward to competing in them again.

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"I would also like to thank the Augusta National members and staff for their support. I have deep appreciation for everything that they do to create a wonderful event for the benefit of the game."

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