Tiger Woods returning for April Masters

WASHINGTON: Tiger Woods will return to competitive golf next month to play in the Augusta Masters, he said in a statement on his website Tuesday.

"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," he said on his website.

The world''s number one golfer put his game on hold in the wake of a major +++ scandal which erupted at the end of last year.

"I have undergone almost two months of inpatient therapy and I am continuing my treatment," Woods added. "Although I''m returning to competition, I still have a lot of work to do in my personal life."

The Masters starts on April 8.