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Tiger Woods announces he will play in the Masters

Despite the suspicion that he would delay his decision until the last possible moment, Tiger Woods on Friday announced he will return to tournament golf following his “leave of absence” and play in the Masters next week, meaning he won’t miss his most beloved tournament for the second straight year.

The official announcement came via a post on the golfer’s website.

“I’m playing in the Masters,” the announcement, posted Friday, read. “It’s obviously very important to me, and I want to be there.

“I’ve worked a lot on my game and I’m looking forward to competing. I’m excited to get to Augusta and I appreciate everyone’s support.”

Woods obviously gears up for the four majors on the calendar more than arguably all the other tournaments during a PGA Tour season put together, and the Masters is clearly the one he cherishes most.

The golfer played two rounds at Augusta this week, one on Tuesday and another on Friday. His first round reportedly was up and down, scoring a 2-over 74 with five birdies but a handful of his troubling typical muffed chips. It’s presumable he fared much better on Friday.

The chances of him actually competing for his fifth win at the Masters — and his 15th major — no matter how much his game has turned around, are arguably slim to none. But to resurrect his career, Woods has to start somewhere. So why not on the hallowed grounds of one of the most revered courses in all of golf?

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