[UPDATE 3:28 p.m. ET -- Tiger Woods announces on Twitter that he will play at the Masters]
Tiger Woods hasn’t officially declared whether or not he’ll be playing in the 2015 Masters, but there’s speculation that the golf legend will attempt to win his fifth green jacket. A week before the first major tournament of the year, Woods is reportedly at Augusta National.
According to a report by the Golf Channel, Woods began hitting balls at the practice facility at around 8:45 am ET on Friday morning. It’s his second visit to Augusta this week, since he reportedly shot a 74 during a practice round on Tuesday.
While he might have struggled at Augusta, the news isn’t all bad for Woods. According to Tim Rosaforte of Golf Digest, Woods recently shot a worst-ball 66 at Medalist Golf Club. Doing so meant Woods took two shots from the tee and played the worst shot on each hole. He did the same when getting a ball onto the green, and in order for a birdie putt to count, he had to make a second putt from the same distance.
It’s been nearly two months since Woods played competitive golf. He withdrew from the Farmer’s Insurance Open on Feb.5 after just 11 holes. A week later, Woods announced that he would be taking a break from the sport until he would be able to refine his game.
Woods has struggled during his limited time on the course in 2015. In his first tournament of the year, he shot an 82 in one round, marking the highest score of his career. Just a few days later at Torrey Pines, the 39-year-old couldn’t make it to the 12th hole, citing back pain.
It’s been nearly seven years since Woods last won a major, taking home the championship at the 2008 U.S. Open. He isn’t expected to add a 15th major championship to his resume in 2015, having been given -700 betting odds at Bovada.lv to do so. His current odds to win the Masters are 33/1, ranking him 14th in the field. Rory McIlroy is favored to win the tournament.
Woods didn't play in last year's Masters, following back surgery. After not playing in the U.S. Open, he finished in 69th place at the British Open and missed the cut at the PGA Championship.
Even though the Masters begins on Thursday, Woods is in no rush to make a decision about whether or not he’ll be playing. He doesn’t have to officially decide until his first-round tee time. Other PGA Tour events require a decision on the Friday before the tournament begins.