Tiger Woods just made if official this morning, announcing that he will be back for the Masters.

      In a statement, he said: 

            "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. 

"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.

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            "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."

           TMZ, which reported heavily on the aftermath of the crash, reported last week that Wood had been back home with his wife Elin and their two children for more than a week.

             Woods has been working with Ari Fleischer, the former White House press secretary in President George W. Bush's administration, about how to handle the public relations aspect of his comeback.