Tiger Woods announced today that he will be returning to the game of golf, following a 4-month personal hiatus from the sport that made him a billionaire. The pro-golfer released a statement confirming that he will indeed be returning for an upcoming Masters tournament. Peep his statement below:

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

This will be Tiger’s first game since that “incident” last Thanksgiving. He spoke briefly of his possible return last month when he did that public press release apology, but never mentioned exactly when. But now it seems like he’s ready to put all of the negative things that happened in ’09 behind him, and start fresh in the new decade. Reports say he and his wife Elin were spotted walking around their Isleworth gated community in Windermere, FL last Saturday (Mar 13).

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