Tiger Woods’ agent has revealed that the American star has not yet ruled himself out of this week’s USPGA Championship, despite his withdrawal from the WGC-Bridgestone invitational on Sunday because of a back injury.
It was expected that the 38-year-old former world number one would miss the final major of the season at Valhalla Golf Club in Kentucky when he pulled out of his final round following a tee shot on the ninth at the Firestone Golf Club in Ohio having jarred his back earlier in the round.
But agent Mark Steinberg has now spoken out to confirm that Woods might leave a final decision until Wednesday as he is desperate to feature, given that he has already missed a huge chunk of the season following back surgery at the end of March.
When quizzed about the possibility of the 14-time major winner featuring, Steinberg said: “Way too early. He has to rest and get treatment and then assess later.
“Pointless to make that decision now without proper time to give him best chance.”
Woods’ caddie Joe LaCava had been on the course on Monday to prepare for the tournament, while the player is still entered to feature.
Woods is 34.00 to win the USPGA Championship, while the in-form Rory McIlroy is 5.50 to follow up his recent successes at the Open Championship and Bridgestone Invitational.