Woods' agent denies any date for his return has been selected.
He attended the pre-tournament Champions Dinner at Augusta National, where tournament chairman Billy Payne professed himself "delighted" with how well Woods looked and fellow pros such as Phil Mickelson said they hoped to see the 14-time major champion back on tour this year.
At the Hero World Challenge in December, following two further back operations to the microdiscectomy he had in March 2014, Woods gave a bleak outlook on his future.
If anyone can understand what Woods is going through as his skills decline and he begins to consider life as something other than the world's most recognizable athlete, it's Jordan.
Golf Channel's Tim Rosaforte reported Friday that indications point to Woods playing as soon as the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, N.C., on May 5-8 and The Players Championship in the following week. "Most people have to live with their regrets". The original prognosis wasn't encouraging, and Woods' status for 2016 was uncertain at best. Each time he teed up, the concern was could he finish the round and, if he did, could he break 80?
However, Woods' camp refuted the report shortly after the news broke.
He would go jumping out of planes (Woods became certified to jump solo) and simulate close quarters combat (the SEALs delighted in shooting Woods up with Simunition, "high-powered paint rounds that leave big, painful bruises"). We've had Jason Day winning twice and recapturing No. 1, and two world-class players, Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen, who've announced they are passing on this summer's Olympics.
As a US Open victor of the past 10 years, Woods is guaranteed a spot in this year's tournament.
But Woods missing cuts or withdrawing from events or finishing 60th wasn't drawing many viewers a year ago, either. Woods has offered updates on occasion via his website, but his most recent public display at a junior clinic is the most physical evidence we've seen of his progress.
Apparently, Tiger had no game?
The article also claims Tiger Woods is essentially kaput as a professional golfer.
Larry Bohannan is The Desert Sun golf writer.