Masters 2017: Tiger Woods 'hopes' he can play at Augusta

After withdrawing from the Dubai Desert Classic Tiger Woods' status for the Masters is still up in the air

The 41-year-old hasn't played since withdrawing from the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in early February due to back spasms and didn't attend a press conference at the Genesis Open two weeks later after being advised to "stay horizontal".

Woods has won the Masters four times throughout his illustrious career, but has not won at Augusta since 2005.

When asked whether he thinks he will get a chance to play at the Masters this year, Woods told Good Morning America: 'God, I hope so.

Brian Wacker of Golf Digest reported Friday that odds were against Woods being able to play in the Masters.

'I love that event. "It has meant so much to me in my life", he added. "He's got other things in his life that he's interested in and it's not as if it's just golf".

"I need to get back physically", Woods said. Getting the prep time. I haven't been able to get as much prep time in, haven't been able to train like I used to, practice like I used to.

But Woods has clearly not given up hope of being in the field at Augusta National despite having been unable to play any events in the PGA Tour's Florida Swing, which concluded with the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday.

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. Practice like I used to.

On Saturday, Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg, issued a statement to the Golf Channel in which he refuted a report which said the golfer was unlikely to play the Masters. "I couldn't give you a fair assessment, but to say it's doubtful is an absolutely inaccurate statement".

After missing the entire 2016 PGA Tour season following back surgery, Woods returned to the PGA Tour for the Hero World Challenge last December. The first round begins on April 6.



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