Tiger Woods is practicing for the Masters, could play, says Brandel Chamblee

If you’ve been clawing at the arms of your recliner for a “Tiger Woods status for the Masters” update, we’ve got one.

During yesterday’s pre-Masters conference call, Golf Channel’s well-wired Brandel Chamblee let us in on what he’s been hearing, and it’s a heck of a lot rosier picture than just a week ago.

“If you can believe anything that you read on social media – I know that his coach has been down there, and they’ve been hitting a lot of golf balls down in Palm Beach. The way I understand it, he’s been practicing quite diligently. So it wouldn’t surprise me if Tiger showed up at Augusta National.”

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Of course, you can’t believe anything you read on social media, but still! Chamblee’s remarks come on the heels of widespread speculation regarding whether the 14-time major champion will tee it up.

Most recently, Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg, told the Golf Channel’s Tim Rosaforte reports that his client was unlikely to tee it up were “inaccurate.” In his March 19th remarks, Steinberg specifically rebutted source reports by Golf World’s Brian Wacker that Woods was “unlikely” to play.

“I have no idea who Mr. Wacker’s really close sources are,” Steinberg said. “I can tell you this, nobody spoke to him (Wacker); so how he could know something that Tiger and I don’t know is comical. I talked to Tiger four hours ago on the phone. We’re not in a situation to even talk about playing in the Masters now. He’s gotten treatments and is progressing and hoping he can do it. There’s not been a decision one way or the other. I couldn’t give you a fair assessment, but to say it’s doubtful is an absolutely inaccurate statement.”

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As with so much regarding Team Tiger over the years, it’s tough to make heads or tails of any reports. However, the world of Jupiter Island and Palm Beach, Florida is a small one. As Tim Rosaforte suggested after Wacker’s report, if Woods was hitting balls at the Medalist Club or elsewhere, we’d have heard about it. By that logic, it seems we’re hearing about it now.

TW practicing in earnest a week out from the Masters doesn’t mean he’ll be ready to play. However, if Woods were not hitting balls a week out from the Masters, this would almost certainly mean he wouldn’t play.

Translation/ultimate takeaway here: If you’re hoping Tiger Woods will make a run at the 15th major of his stories career next week, you have reason to be cautiously optimistic.