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Tiger Woods practices at Augusta

SportBy Kevin Palmer
Woods won his last Masters green jacket a decade ago
Woods won his last Masters green jacket a decade ago

Tiger Woods has reportedly played 18 holes at the Augusta National Golf Club on Tuesday, as the former champion closes in on a decision on whether to play at next week's Masters.

The private jet owned by Woods was spotted at an airfield near Augusta earlier this week, with the troubled star desperately trying to get his game in shape in time to have another crack at winning a fifth green jacket.

Woods has not appeared on the PGA Tour since withdrawing from the Farmers Insurance Open on February 5 with a recurrence of his back problems.

He has since taken a leave of absence in a bid to return to form, but there has been speculation he will return for the Masters, a tournament he has won four times.

His agent, Mark Steinberg, told USA Today he had flown to Augusta early on Tuesday to play the course, but said confirmation of his plans for the tournament would have to wait.

"He continues to work on the game and will advise in coming days what (his) plan is," he told the newspaper

Woods did not play last year's Masters following back surgery - the first time he had missed the event since he first played it in 1995

On Monday, Woods dropped out of the top 100 in the world rankings for the first time in almost 19 years.

The 14-time major winner did not record a top-10 finish in nine starts in 2014, and has missed three cuts and withdrawn twice in his last six Tour starts. Woods' last title came at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational in August 2013.

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