Last Thursday, Robert Lusetich of FoxSports.com reported:
Tiger Woods is set to make his return to tournament golf next month at the Masters.Despite reports that had him coming back in two weeks at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, FOXSports.com has learned that the world No. 1 has decided to forgo a warm-up appearance before the year’s first major.
Lusetich’s report didn’t get much traction at the time, but his report confirming Woods to The Masters was the first main media outlet claim - and it was dead-on.
Earlier today, Tiger Woods released this statement to the media confirming he’s playing The Masters:
“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.
“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.
“I called both Joe Lewis and Arnold Palmer and expressed my regrets for not attending the Tavistock Cup and the Arnold Palmer Invitational. I again want to thank them both for their support and their understanding. Those are fantastic tournaments and I look forward to competing in them again.
“I would also like to thank the Augusta National members and staff for their support. I have deep appreciation for everything that they do to create a wonderful event for the benefit of the game.”
Seems like a tall order, returning at The Masters. But of course, the only reason he’s doing that is because of crowd control and protection from the media.
Same old Tiger. Nothing has changed. Has to be surrounded by enablers or he can’t function.
Why is he giving notice? Because he doesn’t want to upset the folks running Augusta National. If it was Bay Hill, he would’ve waited until the last possible moment to commit, like he always does.