The disgraced star, 34, has not played since his affairs with a number of women were exposed four months ago.
But on his website, Woods – who has been having therapy for sex addiction, on the orders of his wife – said it was finally time to get back playing golf.
Admitting he still has “a lot of work to do” in his personal life, he said: “The major championships have always been a special focus in my career and 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 in-patient therapy and I am continuing my treatment.”
Woods’ announcement came as he was photographed with wife Elin, 30, for the first time since the scandal broke.
The two strolled round their gated community home in Windermere, Florida.
Walking several feet behind her husband, the mother of his two young children wore a Nike bandana – one of the few sponsors to stick with Woods.
The golf world was mostly positive about his return. Player Jesper Parnevik said: “Nobody ever thought he’d miss the Masters.” American Tour commissioner Tim Finchem added: “I’m excited.”
But others were not so welcoming. World No 2 Steve Stricker said: “I don’t know if Augusta would like that to happen. To turn it into ‘Tiger’s Comeback Tournament’ instead of the Masters tournament.”
Woods last played on November 15, winning the Australian Masters. Two weeks later, his alleged affairs began to emerge with women, including Rachel Uchitel, Cori Rist and porn star Holly Sampson. Mirror.co.uk News