Rosaforte: Woods ramping up practice regimen

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Tiger Woods is stepping up his practice regimen.

Golf Channel Insider Tim Rosaforte reported Tuesday on "Golf Central" that Woods has spent parts of the last two weeks "involved in a series of four-to-five-hour practice sessions at Medalist Golf Club … including the playing of some holes."

Rosaforte was told Woods "looked great, was talking to everybody in an upbeat mood, couldn’t have been happier.”

Woods hasn't played competitively since the Wyndham Championship last August and has spent his time recovering from two back surgeries performed in September and October. 

The four-time Masters champion waited until the Friday before this year's Masters to officially rule himself out, saying in a statement on his website: "After assessing the present condition of my back, and consulting with my medical team, I've decided it's prudent to miss this year's Masters.

"I've been hitting balls and training daily, but I'm not physically ready. I've said all along that this time I need to be cautious and do what's best for my long-term health and career. Unfortunately, playing Augusta next week wouldn't be the right decision. I'm absolutely making progress, and I'm really happy with how far I've come, but I still have no timetable to return to competitive golf."

Rosaforte reported two weeks ago that Woods was spotted at Medalist hitting drivers "full speed." Woods' agent Mark Steinberg declined to comment on the most recent report. He commented on the original report on the eve of the Masters saying that it was "another step in the progression."