Jeff Labrecque
March 16, 2010 AT 04:14 PM EDT

Tiger Woods announced that he will make his return to professional golf at the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Ga. on April 8. In a statement posted on his website, Woods explained that, “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.”

Woods hasn’t played competitive golf since last November, and his career and image suffered a considerable setback after a Nov. 27 car accident and the subsequent revelation of several extramarital affairs. In the statement, Woods also says he’s undergone inpatient therapy. “I am continuing my treatment,” he said. “Although I’m returning to competition, I still have a lot of work to do in my personal life.”

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