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Tiger Woods to play in Masters at Augusta

Tiger Woods To Play In Masters At Augusta

Tiger Woods is going to the Masters.

After a week of speculation and debate, the pro golfer announced on his website he will play in the premier tournament in Augusta.

The 39-year-old, who is a four-time Masters champ, has been away from the game for more than two months after several failed starts. He missed the tournament for the first time last year after having back surgery in March.

That surgery put a dent in his game - he entered only two tournaments so far this year, missed a cut at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in January and played just 11 holes of the Farmers Insurance Open because of a stiff lower back.

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WINDERMERE, FL - DECEMBER 06: Tiger Woods waits on the second tee during the third round of the Hero World Challenge at the Isleworth Golf & Country Club on December 6, 2014 in Windermere, Florida. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
WINDERMERE, FL - DECEMBER 06: Tiger Woods wipes sweat away from his face on the third hole during the third round of the Hero World Challenge at the Isleworth Golf & Country Club on December 6, 2014 in Windermere, Florida. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
WINDERMERE, FL - DECEMBER 06: Tiger Woods walks off the 18th green during the third round of the Hero World Challenge at the Isleworth Golf & Country Club on December 6, 2014 in Windermere, Florida. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
WINDERMERE, FL - DECEMBER 06: Tiger Woods waits on the fifth green during the third round of the Hero World Challenge at the Isleworth Golf & Country Club on December 6, 2014 in Windermere, Florida. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
WINDERMERE, FL - DECEMBER 07: Tiger Woods hits his tee shot on the second hole during the final round of the Hero World Challenge at the Isleworth Golf & Country Club on December 7, 2014 in Windermere, Florida. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
WINDERMERE, FL - DECEMBER 07: Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker walk together during the final round of the Hero World Challenge at the Isleworth Golf & Country Club on December 7, 2014 in Windermere, Florida. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
WINDERMERE, FL - DECEMBER 07: Tiger Woods walks off the third tee during the final round of the Hero World Challenge at the Isleworth Golf & Country Club on December 7, 2014 in Windermere, Florida. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
WINDERMERE, FL - DECEMBER 07: Tiger Woods plays a bunker shot on the fourth hole during the final round of the Hero World Challenge at the Isleworth Golf & Country Club on December 7, 2014 in Windermere, Florida. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
US golfer Tiger Woods talks about his back injury and the future of his sponsored tournament, now named the Quicken Loans National, during a press conference in Washington, DC, March 24, 2014. Woods, who pulled out as defending champion of the Arnold Palmer Invitational last week with a bad back, appeared at the Newseum to speak about his a new sponsor for his golf tournament that will be played this summer at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, as well as his Tiger Woods Foundation. Woods went on to say that nothing has changed with his back and the Masters may be to soon to return. AFP PHOTO / Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
DORAL, FL - MARCH 09: Tiger Woods collects his golf ball during the final round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral on March 9, 2014 in Doral, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
DORAL, FL - MARCH 09: Tiger Woods waits on the 11th green during the final round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral on March 9, 2014 in Doral, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
DORAL, FL - MARCH 09: Tiger Woods hits his approach shot on the 11th hole during the final round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral on March 9, 2014 in Doral, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
DORAL, FL - MARCH 09: Tiger Woods reacts to his tee shot on the 12th hole during the final round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral on March 9, 2014 in Doral, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
DORAL, FL - MARCH 09: Tiger Woods hits a bunker shot on the 13th hole during the final round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral on March 9, 2014 in Doral, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
DORAL, FL - MARCH 09: Tiger Woods lines up a putt on the first green during the final round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral on March 9, 2014 in Doral, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
DORAL, FL - MARCH 09: Tiger Woods reaches for a golf ball on the practice ground during the final round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral on March 9, 2014 in Doral, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
DORAL, FL - MARCH 08: Tiger Woods speaks with the media after a six-under par 66 during the third round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral on March 8, 2014 in Doral, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
DORAL, FL - MARCH 08: Tiger Woods speaks with the media after a six-under par 66 during the third round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral on March 8, 2014 in Doral, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
DORAL, FL - MARCH 08: Tiger Woods reacts to a missed putt on the 14th hole during the third round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral on March 8, 2014 in Doral, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
DORAL, FL - MARCH 08: Tiger Woods hits his tee shot on the fourth hole during the third round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral on March 8, 2014 in Doral, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
DORAL, FL - MARCH 07: Tiger Woods reacts to a long birdie putt on the fourth hole during the second round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral on March 7, 2014 in Doral, Florida. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
DORAL, FL - MARCH 07: Tiger Woods hits his tee shot on the 14th hole during the second round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral on March 7, 2014 in Doral, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
DORAL, FL - MARCH 06: Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the seventh hole during the first round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral on March 6, 2014 in Doral, Florida. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
DORAL, FL - MARCH 06: Tiger Woods walks across a green during the first round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral on March 6, 2014 in Doral, Florida. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
DORAL, FL - MARCH 06: Tiger Woods hits a shot on the practice ground during the first round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral on March 6, 2014 in Doral, Florida. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL - MARCH 01: Tiger Woods plays a shot on the third hole during the third round of The Honda Classic at PGA National Resort and Spa on March 1, 2014 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
DORAL, FL - MARCH 05: Tiger Woods plays during a practice round for the WGC Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral on March 5, 2014 in Doral, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
DORAL, FL - MARCH 05: Tiger Woods speaks with the media before a practice round prior to the start of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral on March 5, 2014 in Doral, Florida. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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This will be his 20th Masters start. He has never missed a cut and some say if he does this time, that could be it for Woods.

Kurt Weichert tweeted, "The way he's been playing lately he'll still have his weekend free."

David Griffiths said, "Tiger Woods to play at the Masters. Should start a sweep to see how many holes he gets through. I'll start the bidding at 36. #missedcut."

And Steve Nicholson tweeted, "Please try not to make the whole masters about u. If ya not playing well be respectful and don't fake injury @TigerWoods it's embarrassing."

Woods has fallen out of the Top 100 in the Official World Golf Rankings for the first time since 1996.

But he's confident about next week. He said on his website, quote, "It's obviously very important to me, and I want to be there. I've worked a lot on my game and I'm looking forward to competing. I'm excited to get to Augusta and I appreciate everyone's support."

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