Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Tiger Woods says he's working to get back in time for Masters

Tiger Woods says he's working to get back in time for Masters

Since then the 41-year-old has been forced to miss a number of events due to a recurrence of his back problem and it was claimed by Golf World reporter Brian Wacker earlier this week that Woods was now unlikely to feature at Augusta next month.

He didn't give much of an update on his physical status - other than saying he "hopes" to play in the upcoming Masters - but he stuck around for a quick and entertaining putting contest against GMA host Michael Strahan. I'm trying. I'm trying every day to get back and play.

"I've been a part of so many Masters over the course of my career, I know exactly what it takes to get ready for that event". It's meant so much to me in my life.

"I need to get back physically", he added. I know the golf course, I know the subject, I know the material, now I just need to go out there and do it. "He's working hard at getting better, he's working hard at progressing".

Just over a week ago, Woods said on his website that because of ongoing rest and rehabilitation on his back he would not be able to play in this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational, an event that he has won a record eight times.

"I've been practicing, I haven't been playing", Woods said.

After Woods closed with a final-round even-par 72 in 1995, he left the course that evening to head back to Stanford so he could make his 9 a.m. history class. He attended no activities at the Genesis Open, where his foundation is the beneficiary.

As reported by Golf.com, Steinberg called the Golf Digest report that called Tiger Woods' chances of playing in this year's Masters "comical".

According to Steinberg, a Masters appearance is doubtful, yet still possible.

Tiger sat out all of the 2015-'16 PGA Tour season because of back surgeries that he underwent in late 2015 to remove floating pieces of a disintegrating disc and to alleviate nerve pain.

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