Woods set for April 5 news conference

Updated: March 25, 2010, 4:06 PM ET
By Bob Harig | ESPN.com

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tiger Woods will conduct his first news conference in more than four months April 5 at the Masters, according to an interview schedule released Wednesday by Augusta National.

Woods, who on Sunday conducted his first interviews since a sex scandal put his career on hold, is scheduled for a 2 p.m. session with accredited media on the Monday prior to play in the Masters, his first tournament since winning in Australia on Nov. 15.

No other interviews are scheduled for that day. According to the Golf Channel, Fred Couples said he and Woods will play a practice round at Augusta at some point that day.

The news came on the same day that golf legend Arnold Palmer suggested Woods take questions from reporters as a way to "move on."

"I suppose the best thing he could do would be open up and just let you guys [media] shoot at him," said Palmer on the eve of his tournament, the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Woods is the two-time defending champion of the event and has won at Bay Hill six times overall. It is the first time he is skipping the tournament as a pro, as he announced last week that he would make his debut at the Masters.

The last time Woods faced a room full of reporters was nearly five months ago after he won the Aussie Masters in Melbourne for his 82nd career win. His middle-of-the-night SUV crash into a tree, which set off revelations of rampant infidelity, occurred 12 days later.

Woods typically has his news conference at the majors on Tuesday.

Among those scheduled to speak the day after Woods are Phil Mickelson, Geoff Ogilvy and Jack Nicklaus.

Bob Harig is a golf writer for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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