Mar
4
2010
Jack Nicklaus Expects Tiger to Play The Masters
By Stephanie Wei under General

Now that Tiger Woods is finished with his reported rehab stint at a facility outside of Scottsdale, Arizona, everyone is wondering when he’s returning to competition. He’s been spotted tuning up his game on the range at Isleworth Country Club. Charles Howell III ran into him on Tuesday and J.B. Holmes did, too, on Wednesday — both reported his game was looking sharp.

Asked when he surmises Tiger to come back, Jack Nicklaus, who played in the Honda Classic Pro-Am, bets on a tune-up event before The Masters:

It would surprise me if he didn’t [play]. Oh yeah, I can’t imagine in a hundred years he is going to miss Augusta. I’ve been very non-committal about everything because it’s none of my business. My guess is as a golfer he’s going to want to try and play Augusta if he has his other things in order. I suspect he will play something before Augusta, and I’d be very surprised if he doesn’t play before Augusta.

Which makes everyone look toward the week of March 22 for the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, which Tiger won last year and five other times. Oh, let’s not forget there’s the Tavistock Cup, too.