Tiger Back To Combating Tabs; Comeback Near?

For the first time since his Thanksgiving accident, Team Tiger is now leaking details of his personal life in an attempt to fend off tabloid reports.

AP's Doug Ferguson Tweets about Tiger Woods Comeback

ASSOCIATED PRESS reporter Doug Ferguson has long been known for being friendly with Woods, so it’s no surprise that he’s first to report that the golfer is now back to working on his game. (Ferguson also Tweeted about the comeback piece.)

Tiger Woods is back at home after a week of family counseling in Arizona and is trying to get back into a routine that includes golf and fitness, according to a person with knowledge of his schedule.

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 extramarital affairs.

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

For those in-the-know, the veracity of Ferguson’s reporting as it pertains to Woods’ agenda is unquestioned.

This news is not a case of word leaking out against Woods’ wishes. On the contrary, the news reported by Tiger-friendly Ferguson is from the Woods camp and designed to signal his imminent return.

Much like his recently staged photos, Woods is doing all he can to prevent the tabloids from benefiting from his comeback.

UPDATE: Steve Elling of CBSSports.com reported yesterday that Woods has been practicing:

As celebrity and gossip media have reported that he was undergoing drug rehab in Arizona, he was spotted on the practice range at his home course on Sunday afternoon, hitting balls.

What that means for his return date is unclear, but a resident who lives near Woods at Isleworth Country Club reported to CBSSports.com that he spotted Woods – his personal electric cart parked nearby and his trademark stuffed Tiger headcover peeking out of his bag – working on his game on the club’s range.

Moreover, Woods is said to be staying at the home he formerly shared with his wife, Elin, and not at the townhouse he owns located around the corner from the Isleworth clubhouse.

More reason to think that Woods’ comeback could begin at Bay Hill on March 25.