Augusta, Georgia — Tiger Woods returns to golf Monday at the Masters, ending a self-imposed exile stemming from a November car accident outside his home and his subsequent admission of extramarital affairs amid a media frenzy.
Woods is set to participate in a news conference — his first since the scandal broke — at 2 p.m. ET after practicing in the morning at the Augusta National Golf Club.
While he delivered a carefully managed statement in February to a small, handpicked crowd and has given two one-on-one interviews, the news conference will be Woods’ first in months, and the interest surrounding it has reached nearly presidential proportions.
Woods’ public woes began with an early-morning crash November 27 outside his Orlando, Florida-area home when he suffered minor injuries after striking a fire hydrant and tree with his Cadillac sport utility vehicle.
Woods — one of golf’s biggest names who had always maintained a squeaky-clean image — was not required to talk to police about the wreck and declined to talk with investigators on several occasions. Eventually, he was cited for careless driving.