Tiger Woods keeps PGA in suspense over return to golf

Woods has been seen working with his coach Hank Haney, further fuelling expectations of a return before or at the Masters.

“If he wasn’t going to play for six months, why would Hank be there?” said the Australian player Robert Allenby, a Florida neighbour of Woods. “I look at that as maybe he’s getting ready.”

The Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill is run by Woods’s management company, International Management Group, but the tournament director Scott Wellington said he has not heard from the player’s agent, Mark Steinberg.