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Tiger Woods abstaining from sex while training for Masters: pal

Tiger Woods is making preparations to compete at the Masters Tournament next week — and taking drastic measures to ensure that he’s ready to play.

“He’s focused,” says a friend of the 48-year-old golfer. “He’s working really hard in the gym. He’s eating right. He’s even eliminated sex.

“He does that now when he’s preparing: no sex until the tournament is over. He doesn’t want anything to take away his focus.”

Tiger Woods kisses then-girlfriend Lindsey Vonn in 2014. Bill Ingram / USA TODAY NETWORK

Woods is currently single. His six-year relationship with girlfriend Erica Herman — a former waitress at his restaurant in Jupiter, Florida — ended acrimoniously in 2023.

She took him to court, suing him in for $30m in an attempt to get out of a non-disclosure agreement she had signed, but dropped the case in November last year. Woods also previously dated ski racer Lindsey Vonn.

When asked by The Post if Woods is currently dating, his pal demurred, saying “there’s no one to speak of.”

Phil Mickelson awarded the green jacket to Tiger Woods at the 2005 Masters ANDREW DAVIS TUCKER / USA TODAY NETWORK

Tiger’s publicist did not respond to calls or a request for comment from The Post.

Woods hasn’t officially announced that he’s playing in the Masters, but he is privately telling people in his inner circle he will compete, according to the friend.

He flew to Georgia over the weekend and played a round at Augusta National, where the tournament takes place, which appears signals his interest.

If Woods enters the Masters, it will be the 26th time for the five-time champion, who last won the tournament in 2019.

Woods’ 2023 Masters bid was cut short when he withdrew after 54 holes due to plantar fasciitis. He has maintained a low profile in the past year since.

Woods has long maintained the Masters is his favorite tournament.

Woods last won the Masters Tournament in 2019. ALLEN EYESTONE/FOR THE AUGUSTA CHRONICLE / USA TODAY NETWORK

“I’ve always loved this golf course, and I love playing this event,” Woods told reporters during his second round in 2023. “Obviously, I’ve missed a couple with some injuries, but I’ve always wanted to play here. I love it.” 

After his 2009 sex scandal, he took a five-month hiatus from the sport, but made his return at the 2010 Masters. Despite mounting health woes over the past several years, Woods has never skipped a Masters. He has only missed the cut for the tournament once, in 1996.

“The Masters is Tiger’s must-play event every year,” says the insider. “He’s working very hard, spending hours in the gym, practicing, taking care of himself. He wants to play, and he always plays to win.”

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