PHILADELPHIA (AFP) Tiger Woods return at the Masters after four months of self-imposed exile, will create a circus atmosphere that will test his ability to perform under maximum pressure, PGA Tour players said. We have all put him up on such a pedestal, not only in the golf, but we took for granted the personal side, too, golfer Steve Stricker said Wednesday. Well have to wait and see what the golf brings when he comes back. Hes a strong-minded person and it will Im sure test him to the limits this time. Woods has not played since winning the Australian Masters in mid-November after a sex scandal in which he admitted cheating on wife Elin, apologizing for igniting a tabloid frenzy where more than a dozen women have claimed affairs. Speaking on the eve of the USPGA Transitions Championship, Stricker said Woods will be under the microscope and can probably expect some negative reaction from some golf fans. Its going to be a different feeling for him to come back this time, Stricker said. After a long lay over and really just the uneasiness of what hes going to get from other people. South African Retief Goosen is back to defend his Transitions title after halting a four-year PGA Tour winless streak with a win last year at Innisbrook. Two-time winner Goosen fired a one-under 70 in the final round last year, which was good for a one-shot win over Charles Howell and Brett Quigley. Other winners in this weeks field comprise, Sean OHair, Mark Calcavecchia, Carl Pettersson, Vijay Singh, John Huston and K.J. Choi. Goosen said Woods return on April 8 is good for the game but it could be a bit of an eye opener as well. I dont think hes going to be the bad guy, Goosen said. Hes going to be 99.9 percent the good guy. Theres going to be that one percent thats going to make comments and that will probably is going to make him feel a little bit like the rest of us. Like playing in the US Open, you have comments from people trying to put you off and make mistakes. The most interesting thing to see is whats going to happen when he actually gets out and sees what the crowd is going to react like towards the situation. What happened was something that happened off the golf course; not on the golf course. If it was a cheating situation on the golf course or something like that, the players would look at you different. American Notah Begay said people will see a more humble, down to earth Woods when he comes back. He is not a super hero or a robot, said Begay, who is a good friend of Woods and has been in contact with him throughout the ordeal. He didnt break any laws or spend time in jail but he needs to be held accountable. He has been sort of force fed a degree of humility. Padraig Harrington said Woods return will have a profound affect on the PGA Tour. Its obviously great for golf that hes back, three-time major champion Padraig Harrington said. It shows the commitment he has to his family. If he came back earlier, that would give him a better chance at Augusta. He would have been putting golf first. Putting his family first by not warming up for Augusta, its a good statement. Said British Open champ Stewart Cink on his Twitter social networking page, Wow, Ive had a lot of calls today from friends who have decided to come to the Masters this year. Obama on Tiger: Still 'a terrific golfer' President Barack Obama Wednesday implicitly welcomed Tiger Woods announced return to the links next month, by calling him a terrific golfer during a television interview. After fielding weighty questions on domestic and international politics, Obama was told Fox News viewers were emailing to ask his view about Woodss return to the golf circuit, five months after a sex scandal put his career on hold. You know, I think that Tiger has acknowledged that he betrayed his family and thats a personal issue that he has got to work out, a diplomatic Obama said. I hope they have worked it out, Im sure he is going to still be a terrific golfer, he added without mentioning next months golf Masters at Augusta National Golf Club, where Woods will make his first post-scandal professional appearance. After profuse public apologies for his infidelities, Woods on Tuesday announced that he would return to the sport he has long dominated, at the years first major championship on April 8. On November 27 car crash near Woodss home touched off a global scandal, leading to his admission of adultery and putting his golf career on hold while he fought his own personal demons. Woods, who broke a racial barrier by becoming the first black major champion by winning the 1997 Masters, accepted an invitation to speak as part of pre-inauguration festivities for Barack Obama in January 2009.