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Woods prepping for return - but when?

india Updated: Mar 12, 2010 11:09 IST
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Speculation was mounting that Tiger Woods will return to competitive golf within the next month, but just where and when remained a mystery.

Woods was sighted on Sunday working on the driving range at his home course in Florida with his instructor Hank Haney.

Fellow pro Robert Allenby of Australia is among those who don't think Woods would have flown Haney into town unless his comeback was imminent.

"If he wasn't going to play for six months, why would Hank be there?" Allenby said yesterday at the World Golf Championships CA Championship. "I look at that as maybe he's getting ready."

Woods took an indefinite hiatus from competitive golf in the wake of a sex scandal that engulfed him last November.In his only public remarks since, Woods said last month that he did not know when he would return.

The New York Post, citing two unnamed "sources in the golf community" reported Thursday that Woods was prepping for a possible return at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Orlando on March 25.

The Post reported Woods had consulted Ari Fleischer, the former presidential adviser to George W. Bush, on strategy to manage his return.

The Bay Hill tournament is run by Woods' management company, International Management Group, but the tournament director says he has not heard from Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg.