Woods may play in the Mas­ters, says McIl­roy

New Straits Times - - Sport -

Rory McIl­roy says Tiger Woods was in a good place men­tally when they had lunch last week and that the next few weeks would go a long way in de­ter­min­ing whether the four-time Mas­ters cham­pion shows up at Au­gusta Na­tional to play.

“It’s a pos­si­bil­ity, for sure,” McIl­roy said on Tues­day.

Woods with­drew from the sec­ond round of the Dubai Desert Clas­sic on Feb 3 with back spasms and with­drew from his next two tour­na­ments.

His agent said it was not be­ing viewed as an ex­tended break. Woods has not said any­thing about the Arnold Palmer In­vi­ta­tional in two weeks or the Mas­ters on April 6-9.

McIl­roy doesn’t know, ei­ther. “He strug­gled with his body over the past couple years and it’s un­for­tu­nate be­cause it just won’t al­low him to do what he wants to do,” McIl­roy said.

“It’s tough, but I know that he’s work­ing hard to try and get back. Again, with your body and with in­juries, it just takes time. How­ever long it is that it takes him to be healthy enough to get out here and play, even if he plays eight to 10 times a year, that’s a bonus for all of us.”

If Woods does not play the Mas­ters, it will be the third time in four years he did not com­pete at Au­gusta Na­tional.

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