The likelihood that Tiger Woods will play next week’s Masters increased significantly Tuesday when the Augusta Chronicle reported that Woods’ private plane was parked at the regional airport.
The Chronicle said that the plane matched the tail number of Woods’ Gulfstream G5.
Golf Channel insider Tim Rosaforte said on “Golf Central” on Monday night that Woods was likely heading to Augusta this week for a few practice rounds.
It is not yet known whether Woods, a four-time Masters winner, has decided to play in the year’s first major. There is no deadline for Woods to make his decision.
The former world No. 1 hasn’t played since Feb. 5, when he withdrew from the Farmers Insurance Open. He is ranked outside the OWGR top 100 for the first time since September 1996.
Earlier this month, after skipping the Arnold Palmer Invitational, a tournament he’s won eight times, Woods reiterated that he won’t return until he believes his game is “tournament ready.”
Woods missed last year’s Masters after undergoing back surgery. It was the first time he’s missed the event as a pro. Even with then-20-year-old Jordan Spieth in contention, the event had its worst ratings since 1993.