Stop if you've heard this one: Tiger Woods is making progress in his rehabilitation, and he's looking forward to his return. Following his Safeway Open psych out, you're forgiven for the yawn or eyeroll.
However, the 14-time major winner is expected to make his long-awaited comeback at his Hero World Challenge in a few weeks. And if you believe his agent, Woods is ready to go.
According to an ESPN report, Mark Steinberg says Woods is "getting after it a bit more, continuing to work toward that goal and excited to get back out there and compete, see the guys and be in the locker room instead of being an assistant captain.''
Steinberg also illuminated on the curious flip-flop at Napa, saying the issue wasn't physical with Woods. But he was also quick to point out Tiger's fire remains intact.
"The determination is still there," Steinberg told ESPN. "We've still got two weeks to go, but he is doing the things necessary to get himself as ready as he can be, but it's going to be 15 months since the last time he played competitively."
Before you get too excited, let's keep things in perspective. Not surprising that an agent is praising his client, and we heard similar adulation from Jesper Parnevik.
Still, it's better than news about a possible setback, and serves as a nice reminder that Tiger remains on track to return. Here's hoping it's not another tease.