If we can believe Tiger Woods's caddie, Steve Williams, Woods won't be making his return to the PGA Tour at next week's Match Play Championship, contrary to a recent report in an Australian newspaper.
"The stories stating Tiger will return to the match play have no truth to them," Williams told another Australian newspaper, the Sydney Morning Herald. The Match Play -- reserved for the top 64 players according to golf's world ranking -- begins Feb. 17 in Marana, Ariz. It's an event Woods has won three times, and it's the tournament he made his return to the PGA Tour in a year ago, following an eight-month recovery from knee surgery.
If the reports of Woods recently checking out of a Mississippi clinic that treats sex addiction are true, expecting to see him back on the course anytime soon wouldn't make much sense. It stands to reason that his stint in rehab didn't come with golf privileges, and Woods has always said that he doesn't compete in an event unless he believes he can win.
With Woods offering nothing more since his statement back on Dec. 11 that he was taking an indefinite break from competitive golf in an attempt to save his marriage, there's been no evidence that a return is imminent. Some insiders think he'll return before the Masters, while others have surmised that he'll sit out the entire year. Time will tell ...