Tiger Woods to play in Masters at Augusta

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.

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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