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World number one Tiger Woods has admitted he is still unsure if he will be fit for the Masters, which begins on April 10 in Augusta.
Woods has been struggling with a back injury that has been causing him considerable pain and the 38-year-old said last week he was ‘touch and go’ for the first major of the year next month.
The American has not yet given up hope of being able to play at the iconic Augusta course, but the sounds coming out of his camp are not positive and he has to be rated as a major doubt with the competition just over two weeks away.
Woods, the four-time champion, who has not missed the prestigious event since 1995, is receiving treatment in a bid to be ready for the Masters but says it is “too soon” to know if he will be injury and pain-free in order to play.
He missed his usual warm-up, the Arnold Palmer Invitational, because of back spasms so his preparation has already been disrupted, casting further doubt he will be ready for Augusta.
“It’s very frustrating,” he said. “I’ve had a couple weeks off getting treatment, just working on trying to get ready for Augusta.”
The 14-time major champion has had problems with his back throughout his career and suffered this latest setback during the WGC-Cadillac Championship earlier this month before then pulling out of the Honda Classic.