Away from the prying eyes of the media, mapping every move of his, Tiger Woods was clearly going to give himself a chance, however slim it may be, of starting up at Valhalla on Thursday.
He pulled out of WGC-Bridgestone in Akron, Ohio on Sunday after nine holes and most believed that with PGA Championships being just four days away, it may have put paid to his chances of teeing up at the year's last Major.
The PGA of America agreed to his request for a late registration, which meant the alternates were still hanging in while Tiger was assessing his own injury status, Meanwhile, Woods asked for a practice round tee and even informed his swing coach Sean Foley to be at the first tee at 2 pm local time (11.30 pm IST) on Wednesday.
His caddie Joe LaCava arrived in Valhalla on Monday and has already seen the holes and listed out the changes in the course layout since 2000, when Tiger won here, beating Bob May in a play-off.
Woods, whose back has already suffered a lot of damage needed a surgery to repair it. On his comeback, he injured it once again during the final round in Sunday's final round in Akron.