Woods wants in for US Masters

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LOS AN­GE­LES: Tiger Woods has not given up hope of com­pet­ing in next month’s US Masters and is try­ing ev­ery­thing he can to over­come back prob­lems, the for­mer World No 1 said on Mon­day.

Woods, speak­ing dur­ing an in­ter­view with ABC’s “Good Morn­ing Amer­ica“, re­turned to the PGA Tour in Jan­uary af­ter a 17month ab­sence but has strug­gled with a nag­ging back prob­lem.

“I’m try­ing ev­ery­thing I can just to be able to get back and play,” Woods said when asked if he thought he had a chance of play­ing in the April 6-9 Masters.

“I love that event. It’s meant so much to me in my life. It’s the first ma­jor I ever played back in ‘95. It has so much his­tory and mean­ing to me that I’d love to get back.”

Since re­turn­ing this year Woods missed the cut at the Farm­ers In­sur­ance Open and shot an open­ing-round 77 a week later in Dubai be­fore with­draw­ing due to a back spasm. He has not played a tour­na­ment since.

Woods, now ranked 742nd in the world, was in New York to pro­mote his new book: “The 1997 Masters: My Story” about the first ma­jor ti­tle he won in record­break­ing style.

Should the four-time Masters cham­pion be un­able to com­pete at Au­gusta Na­tional, it would be the third time in four years that he has missed the tour­na­ment.

Dur­ing his TV ap­pear­ance the 14-time ma­jor cham­pion, dressed in a suit and tie, looked over­joyed as he beat the show’s host in a putting com­pe­ti­tion and was awarded a tro­phy.

“The mind is sharp. I just need to get the body will­ing to do it,” the 41-year-old said.

“That’s the hard part. Get­ting the prep time. I haven’t been able to get much prep time in. I haven’t been able to train like I used to, prac­tise like I used to. So it’s been hard.

“My pri­or­i­ties have changed a lot,” Woods added. “My kids now dom­i­nate my life and I think that’s a good thing.” Reuters

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Tiger Woods poses with a copy of his new book "The 1997 Masters: My Story" at a book sign­ing event at a Barnes & Noble store in New York City on Mon­day.

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