Tiger Woods skipped the 2022 U.S. Open, preferring to focus on his appearance at the landmark Open at St Andrews.
But it appears that Woods, to all intents and purposes, will be playing the major that he's won three times in 2023.
According to Golfweek's Adam Schupak, Woods arrived at Los Angeles Country Club on 13 February for a scouting mission.
He is said to have been given a U.S. Open yardage book and explored the course with his right-hand man Rob McNamara and the CEO of Hero Motors Dr. Pawan Munjal.
Woods, 47, who won the 2000, 2002 and 2008 U.S. Open, reportedly did not hit any shots and didn't have his clubs on the cart.
He was pictured holding his Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS prototype though.
The 15-time major champion previously explained that he was planning on playing all majors in 2023 then perhaps one or two others.
That was before he developed plantar fasciitis in December - pain in the heel - that forced him to skip his own PGA Tour event in Albany, Bahamas.
Woods made the shock announcement that he would play in the forthcoming Genesis Invitational at Riviera.
Even his peers were surprised that Woods claimed he was "actually ready" to play in a PGA Tour event.
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The Genesis Invitational will mark Woods' first regular PGA Tour start since the ZOZO Championship in October 2020.
That was before Woods crashed at high speed in the Los Angeles Hills which led to fears his career was over.
Woods was filmed heavily limping during his most recent appearances.
He used a cart during the most recent edition of The Match and his physical appearance at Pelican appeared to suggest that Woods had a long way to go before he could (ever?!) walk 72 holes and compete on tour.
How will Tiger Woods get on at the Genesis next week?— GolfMagic (@GolfMagic) February 10, 2023
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