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  • Five-time major winner Seve Ballesteros has welcomed news of Tiger Woods' return to golf
  • Ballesteros says Woods can win the Masters at Augusta
  • Woods has been out of the game since November 2009

(CNN) -- Seve Ballesteros has told CNN he thinks Tiger Woods can win on his return to golf at the Masters.

The five-time major winner says news that Woods is to end his self-enforced break from the game after admitting to acts of infidelity is "the best news golf can have right now."

And Ballesteros believes the world number one has a great chance of securing his 15th major title in his first competitive action since November 2009.

He told CNN: "I am very happy, I'm very pleased to see Tiger Woods made the decision to come back and finally decided to compete.

"I think this is the best news golf can have right now and I wish him good luck."

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The Masters tees off on April 5 and Ballesteros thinks Woods' game suits the long course at Augusta.

He added: "He has a good chance to win the Masters this year, of course. If he decide to compete in the Masters it's because he knows that he has his chance.

"We all know his potential and Augusta is a very long course and he is very long off the tee.

"He knows the golf course very well so he has a great chance to win."

On Sunday Woods admitted in his first television interview since leaving the game that he is nervous as to what reaction he might get from fans at Augusta.

He told The Golf Channel's Kelly Tilghman: "I'm a little nervous about that to be honest with you. ... It would be nice to hear a couple claps here and there. But I also hope they clap for birdies, too."