Now it seems he will play in Jack Nicklaus' Memorial Tournament in June.
Nicklaus told reporters that Woods revealed his plans during a "long, long talk" at Augusta National.
"It's as much conversation as I've ever had with Tiger," Nicklaus said during a fundraiser at his alma mater, Ohio State. "We talked about a lot of things. It was good."
The two men discussed family and outside projects, as well as Woods' struggles on the course over the past few years. The former No. 1-ranked player has dealt with lingering back problems that have caused him to miss much of the past season and a half.
"I've said many times, he'll be fine," Nicklaus said.
The Memorial will begin June 4.