JACKSONVILLE – Tiger Woods is back home after a week of family counseling in Arizona and is trying to get back into a routine that includes fitness and his first significant practice in 15 weeks, a person with knowledge of his schedule said Tuesday.
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 fire hydrant and a tree in a middle-of-the-night accident on Nov. 27 that set off shocking revelations of infidelity.
Woods was photographed hitting balls at Isleworth on Feb. 18, the day before he ended nearly three months of silence by speaking to a small group of associates at the TPC Sawgrass golf course in a 13-minute statement that was televised around the world.
“I do plan to return to golf one day, I just don’t know when that day will be,” Woods said. “I don’t rule out that it will be this year.”
Woods said he had attended inpatient therapy “for the issues I’m facing” for 45 days, from the end of December to early February.
Woods said at Sawgrass of his infidelity, “As Elin pointed out to me, my real apology to her will not come in the form of words; it will come from my behavior over time. We have a lot to discuss; however, what we say to each other will remain between the two of us.”
Woods announced on Dec. 4 that he was taking an “indefinite break” to try to salvage his marriage.
The fallout from Woods’ sex scandal has been immense. He already has had three sponsors drop him – Accenture, AT&T and, most recently, Gatorade – while other companies like Gillette have suspended promotions of Woods while he takes his break from golf.