Tiger Woods is to end his two-month silence on Friday — by making a statement at the headquarters of the US PGA Tour.
The world number one, in hiding since the November 27 car crash and subsequent lurid allegations about his private life, is expected to make a public apology and then reveal when he will make his comeback.
But it is understood that Woods will be taking no questions from press and television reporters invited to attend. He has been fighting to save his marriage to Swede Elin Nordegren and was reported to have attended a sex addiction clinic after his admission of “transgressions”.
The likeliest date for his return to the sport is the made-for-television Tavistock Cup match between the star-studded members of the Isleworth and Lake Nona clubs in Florida on March 22-23.
Woods plays at Isleworth and they are the hosts this year. He might follow it with his PGA Tour return at the Arnold Palmer Invitational later the same week.
The Masters, of course, is in April and if he plays there as well he will have the chance to move only three behind Jack Nicklaus's record of 18 majors — but what a different atmosphere his every appearance will have from now on.
A statement from Woods' manager Mark Steinberg read: “Tiger Woods will be speaking to a small group of friends, colleagues and close associates at 11am (4pm GMT) at the TPC Sawgrass clubhouse in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
“Tiger plans to discuss his past and his future and he intends to apologise for his behaviour.”