Tiger preparing to make a roaring comeback

MIAMI: Speculation was mounting on Thursday that Tiger Woods will return to competitive golf within the next month, but just where and when remained a mystery.

Woods was sighted on Sunday working on the driving range at his home course in Florida with his instructor Hank Haney. Fellow pro Robert Allenby of Australia is among those who don’t think Woods would have flown Haney into town unless his comeback was imminent.

Woods took an indefinite hiatus from golf in the wake of a sex scandal that engulfed him last November.

The New York Post, citing two unnamed “sources in the golf community” reported Woods was prepping for a possible return at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Orlando on March 25. The Post reported Woods had consulted Ari Fleischer, the former presidential adviser to George W Bush, on strategy to manage his return.

The Bay Hill tournament is run by Woods’ management company, International Management Group, but the tournament director says he has not heard from Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg. While Woods has won at Bay Hill six times, the first major championship of the year, the Masters at Augusta National in April also remains a likely venue for his return.