Tiger woods hitting driver

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Tiger Woods is now hitting driver and long irons again as he steps up his rehabilitation from knee surgery.

The world number one says he doesn't know exactly when he will return but 'As I had hoped, after Jan. 1, I started hitting longer irons and my driver,"

And although he is not swinging at full tilt yet Tiger is hopeful of a return to competitive actionas soon as possible, which insiders say could be just before The Masters in April.

Hank Haney is now working with Tiger at Isleworth Country Club near his Florida home and everything is going to plan.

"So far, my knee has held up well, but I don't know when I'll be able to return to competition," Tiger said. "I'd like to thank everyone for their support and concern and I'm looking forward to rejoining the PGA Tour."