Tiger Woods 'hopes' he can play at Augusta

Ross Houston
March 20, 2017

A victor of 79 PGA Tour events including five in 2013, Woods had his first surgery three years ago, forcing him to miss the Masters in 2014 for the first time.

But on Monday, the 14-time major champion did not rule out potentially playing the Masters, which tees off at Augusta National in early April.

"God I hope so", Woods said when asked if he would be able to play in the Masters. It's meant so much to me in my life. It was the first major that I ever played back in '95, as a college student.

'It has so much history and meaning to me, I'd love to get back. "I know that the mind is sharp, I just need to get the body willing to do it". Getting the prep time.

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

Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg, recently denied a report that Woods was probably going to miss the Masters because he hasn't been able to play or practice.

Woods withdrew from the Genesis Open and the Honda Classic, and did not play in last week's Arnold Palmer Invitational, which he has won a record eight times. Train like I used to.

It was 1997 when Woods broke into super-stardom by winning The Masters at the age of 21, becoming the tournament's youngest victor and first African-American victor.

Woods has not been in public since the Dubai withdrawal. He's got treatments and is progressing and hoping he can do it. "I couldn't give you a fair assessment, but to say it's doubtful is an absolutely inaccurate statement".

The former world number one only made his return from a long-standing back injury at the end of 2016, but has since only completed one full-field event, when he missed the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open in January.

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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