TIGER WOODS RETAINS hope that he will play at the Masters despite concerns over his fitness.
Woods is now ranked world No742 and has not competed since February 2 when he pulled out after shooting 77 in the Dubai Desert Classic, complaining of back spasms.
This year's Masters represents the 20th anniversary of Woods' major breakthrough, but he has yet to announce publicly whether he will be fit enough to play.
The 41-year-old has played only seven competitive rounds since making his comeback after nearly 16 months out following back surgery in September 2015, and his latest setback was expected to rule him out of teeing up at the first major of the year. He details that event, which he won by a record 12 strokes, in his new book, "The 1997 Masters: My Story". "It's meant so much to me".
"I need to get back physically", he continued. I haven't been able to get as much prep time in, and I haven't been able to train like I used to or practice like I used to, so it's been harder. He did not play in the event last season because of back problems.
"I still got to drive home after this", said Bowers, who was sporting a Pirates baseball cap, SC sweatshirt, jeans and a beard that would make "Duck Dynasty" cast members jealous.
"My priorities have changed a lot", Woods added.
Woods appeared on the ABC show in NY to promote his new book, "The 1997 Masters: My Story". Past champions of the Masters are invited to participate for life and there is no commitment deadline. We're not in a situation to even talk about playing in the Masters now. That's the hard part, getting the prep time in. "I couldn't give you a fair assessment, but to say it's doubtful is an absolutely inaccurate statement".