So much for a hiatus.
Embattled golf superstar Tiger Woods is set to make his return to the links. The golfer announced Tuesday on his website that he will compete at the prestigious Masters Tournament in Augusta, Ga, next month. It will be his first return to the sport since he was hit by a career-damaging scandal in which he cheated on his wife Elin Nordegren with more than 14 women that reportedly included cocktail waitresses and porn stars.
"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,” he said in a statement. “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."
Woods’ return signals a mammoth monetary injection for the PGA. Tour commissioner Tim Finchem was estactic at the news. "We were pleased to learn that Tiger Woods will be playing the Masters in a few weeks," said Finchem. "He has invested a lot of time taking steps, both in his personal and professional life, in order to prepare for his return."
There had been previous reports that Woods was set to play the Tavistock Cup exhibition next week in Orlando, followed by the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. Woods has donned the green Masters jacket four times.
So are you ready for Tiger’s return? —Keith Murphy