Tiger Woods announced Tuesday he will be returning to golf next month to play the Masters Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club. Woods said he feels like he is finally ready to return to the game that made him a household name, but he still has issues in his personal life to deal with.

Tiger Woods (Photo: Tim Hipps, U.S. Army)

Tiger Woods (Photo: Tim Hipps, U.S. Army)

“The Masters is where I won my first major and I view this tournament with great respect,” Woods said in a press statement. “After a long and necessary time away from the game, I feel like I’m ready to start my season at Augusta.”

The announcement finally ends weeks of speculation about when and where Tiger Woods will return to the golf course competitively. It comes as little surprise that Woods would choose the Masters Tournament as his first foray back into the game. “The major championships have always been a special focus in my career and, as a professional, I think August is where I need to be,” Woods said, “even though it’s been a while since I last played.”

Woods said that he has undergone nearly two months of inpatient therapy to deal with his sexual addiction and other issues and he will be continuing to receive treatment. “Although I’m returning to competition, I still have a lot of work to do in my personal life,” Woods said.

“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,” Woods said. “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.”

We’re betting this could turn out to be the highest rated Masters Tournament in history. Hell, we might even watch it – and we can’t stand watching golf on TV – just to see the insanity of the media frenzy in action.

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