Nicklaus expects Woods to play Masters

Golf’s record major winner Jack Nicklaus expects his nearest challenger, Tiger Woods, to return from his self-imposed lay-off in time for next month’s US Masters.
Woods has been absent from the game since a minor car crash in November lifted the lid on a string of infidelities and a public apology last month failed to shed any light on a prospective return date, but March 25’s Arnold Palmer Invitational has been speculated about as a possible first tournament back.
The 71-year-old, quoted in the Mail on Sunday, said of Woods’ return date: “I’ve been very non-committal because it’s none of my business. But my guess as a golfer is he’s going to try to play the Masters. It would surprise me if he didn’t. I suspect he will play something before Augusta too.”

The Press Association
3/8/10