Woods back from family counselling


JACKSONVILLE (Florida): Tiger Woods is back at home after a week of family counselling in Arizona and is trying to get into a routine that includes golf and fitness, a person with knowledge of his schedule said yesterday.

Woods returned to his home near Orlando on Saturday and has been hitting balls on the range at Isleworth, not far from where he ran his SUV into a tree in a middle-of-the-night accident on Nov 27 that set off revelations of his extramarital affairs.

The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because only Woods is authorised to release information about his schedule, said there is still no timetable for golf’s No. 1 player to return to competition.

Woods was photographed hitting golf balls at Isleworth on Feb 18, the day before he ended nearly three months of silence by speaking to a small group of associates in a 13-minute statement that was televised around the world. Those photos of Woods were arranged to counter the paparazzi trying to follow his every move since Thanksgiving.

Woods has not practised in earnest since winning the Australian Masters in Melbourne on Nov 15 for his 82nd victory worldwide.

News of him getting back into a routine is sure to begin speculation when he might return to the PGA Tour. Woods announced on Dec 4 that he was taking an “indefinite break” to try to salvage his marriage.

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