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Tiger Woods announces he will return at Augusta

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It took nearly three months for Tiger Woods to make a move, but just like on Saturdays, when he starts shaking things up, he rarely pulls back.

Two weeks after his Earth-shattering press conference, Woods announced on Tuesday that he will be returning to the golf course at the Masters, an event he has won four times in his career.

"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," Woods said in a statement.

It isn't a surprise Woods picked Augusta National, a course he has dominated over his career, and a place that the crowds will be less rowdy than other venues.

How will the public respond? That is still in question. People will be upset with Woods, but the reason Augusta is the perfect storm for Woods is mainly because most of the people there are golf fans above anything else, and heckling a figure like Tiger might mean your tickets aren't renewed for 2011.

How well can expect his golf game to look? Even for a talent like Tiger, taking this long away from tournament golf, and with this much on his mind, could mean a struggle like we've never seen. Tiger has never broke 70 in the opening round of the Masters, and that trend shouldn't change this season as it will be his first competitive round since the Australian Masters in November.

The thing this does show is Tiger is less concerned with his chances to win and more concerned with getting this behind him in the easiest way possible.

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