Tiger Woods is at Augusta National on Friday. Whether he will be there next week is still to be determined.
Woods was hitting balls at the tournament practice facility Friday morning, Golf Channel learned. He played 18 holes at Augusta National on Tuesday, according to his agent, and Golfweek reported that Woods shot 74 with five birdies and a number of indifferent chip shots.
Golf Channel insider Tim Rosaforte reported that Woods was practicing Thursday with caddie Joe LaCava at his home course, the Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Fla.
Woods hasn’t played on Tour since Feb. 5, when he withdrew after 11 holes at the Farmers Insurance Open because of a tight back. That followed a missed cut at the Phoenix Open, where he bungled numerous short shots and carded an 82, his highest score as a pro.
Woods announced a week after the Torrey Pines disaster that he was taking an indefinite break from golf, saying that his game wasn’t up to his lofty standards. He skipped the Arnold Palmer Invitational, a tournament he’d won eight times, and tumbled outside the top 100 in the world ranking for the first time since September1996.
The speculation about Woods’ status ramped up last week when close friend Notah Begay III told 120Sports.com that Woods was “50-50” for the year’s first major.
Woods said he’d only return if he felt like he could compete and win. There is no deadline to announce participation in the Masters.