When Will Tiger Return to Golf?

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updated 02/05/2010 AT 9:00 AM ET

originally published 02/05/2010 AT 10:45 AM ET

With speculation running rampant that Tiger Woods has left the Mississippi sex rehab facility where he’s reportedly been seeking treatment, one of the questions on everyone’s mind is: When will Woods return to golf?

“At this point, I don’t even think Tiger knows when he’s coming back,” says veteran golf writer Art Spander, who spoke with Woods the weekend before his infamous Thanksgiving car crash that made world headlines.

One venue where Woods might re-emerge is the Accenture Match Play Championship, a five-day competition in Marana, Ariz., that begins Wednesday, Feb. 17. Woods has won the event, which is open to the world’s top 64 golfers, three times. And as the world’s No.-1 ranked player, he’s technically already entered to compete.

“We don’t know anything official yet, but wouldn’t that be nice?” Wade Dunagan, executive director of the big PGA event, told the Arizona Daily Star. “The main question is, ‘Do I know anything you don’t?’ The answer is no. We’re still in the dark. I can’t confirm or deny anything, because I don’t know.”

More Games, More Questions

If Woods, 34, does choose to bow out of the competition, he’ll need to do it no later than Monday, Feb. 15, but some pundits are saying he’d probably choose to do it sometime next weekend.

PGA Tour spokesman Chris Reimer called reports of the golfer’s return mere “speculation.”


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