Tiger Woods is reported to be working on his golf game with coach Hank Haney this week but Golf Digest and the Golf Channel say only time will tell if the work means a comeback is imminent.
The world No.1 took an indefinite break from competitive golf in the wake of a sex scandal that has engulfed him since late November, but the work could indicate he is preparing his game to compete at next month's Masters.
Woods, 34, has won 14 major titles, four shy of the all-time record set by Jack Nicklaus, and this year's first three majors will be played on courses where he'd had record-setting triumphs.
If Woods is on form, he coull return to defend his title at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando from March 25-28.
The tournament's two weeks before the Masters and the last major tuneup event before Augusta National where Woods has won four times.