The Herald-Sun newspaper says Tiger Woods will sign to play the Australian Open at The Lakes Golf Club from November 10-13, a move that could be a precursor to Woods playing in the Presidents Cup.
Woods will headline a field that already includes World No. 7 Dustin Johnson, No. 8 Jason Day and No. 13 Bubba Watson (No.13) as well as defending champion Geoff Ogilvy and Presidents Cup captains Greg Norman and Fred Couples.
Woods' decision to play the Open comes days after announcing he would play in this week's WGC Bridgestone Invitational and next week's PGA Championship. This will be Woods' first tournament play since he withdrew midway through the first round of The Players Championship in May.
The decision to play would have an extremely large affect on whether or not Tiger could qualify for the Presidents Cup:
Couples indicated in June that he wanted his two captain's selections to play in Sydney and it's highly unlikely Woods would venture to Australia on a one-week jaunt with the Presidents Cup just a week later.
Couples has made no guarantees, but has said a fit Woods would be an almost certain starter to take on the International team at the biennial event.