After four months embroiled in a sex scandal, Woods announced Tuesday that he will play at the Masters tournament in Augusta, Georgia – on the course where he savored his first big victory as a professional back in 1997.
"The Masters is where I won my first major and I view this tournament with great respect," Woods said in a statement. "After a long and necessary time away from the game, I feel like I'm ready to start my season at Augusta."
He added: "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."
Woods, 34, has won the Masters four times overall, but has not played in a competitive event since the JBWere Masters in Australia in mid-November. Later that month, he crashed his car outside his Florida home after a fight with his wife Elin Nordegren, 30. It soon emerged that Woods had engaged in a pattern of chronic infidelity with a number of women.
After disappearing from the public eye when the scandal exploded, Woods was reportedly treated for sex addiction, resurfaced in February and made a public apology.
The future of his marriage is unclear, but in his February statement, he said his true contrition toward his wife "will not come in the form of words, but my behavior over time."