Agent: Tiger plays Augusta; Masters status unknown

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Tiger Woods played 18 holes at Augusta National on Tuesday but it is not yet known whether he will play in next week’s Masters.

Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, confirmed to GolfChannel.com that the former world No. 1 made the trip to Augusta and played a practice round. 

Steinberg told ESPN.com that the four-time Masters champion played alongside caddie Joe LaCava and two club members and that “Tiger clearly is working hard and he will advise as to when he is ready to play competitively.”

There is no deadline for Woods to commit to the Masters, though it’d be a surprise if a decision wasn’t made by the end of the week. 

The Augusta Chronicle first reported the news Tuesday that Woods was in the area; the newspaper spotted a private plane at the regional airport that matched the tail number of Woods’ Gulfstream G5. 

Woods hasn’t played a competitive round since Feb. 5, when he withdrew during the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open. Less than a week later he announced that he was taking an indefinite break from the game, saying that his game wasn’t up to his standards.

He skipped the Arnold Palmer Invitational, a tournament he’s won eight times, and now has fallen outside the top 100 in the world for the first time since September 1996.