Woods still unsure about fitness for Masters return

Sports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 23 Feb 2021

Tiger Woods made his first public comments since undergoing his fifth back surgery, with the 15-time Major champion uncertain if he will be able to play at the Masters.

Asked if he plans to play in April at the Masters, which he won in 2019, Woods said: "God, I hope so."

But the 45-year-old winner of 82 US PGA titles, level with Sam Snead for the all-time record, said it will depend on how well he recovers.

"I'm feeling fine. I'm a little stiff," Woods said ahead of the US PGA Genesis Invitational, where he serves as tournament host.

"I have one more MRI scheduled so we'll see if the annulus is scarred over finally and then I can start doing more activities," Woods said.

Woods had no timetable for a return and said of playing in the final round on April 11 at Augusta National: "I've got to get there first. I don't have much wiggle room. I've only got one back."

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