With only 17 days left until the first tee ball goes in the air at Augusta National, it’s still to be determined if the World’s No. 1 player will be a participant in 2014.
Tiger Woods, addressing the media during a press conference announcing Quicken Loans as the new sponsor for his PGA Tour event at Congressional, says that he has been undergoing treatment for his ailing back, but has yet to determine whether that will allow him to play at the Masters on April 10.
“For Augusta, it’s still a little too soon (to know), to be honest with you,” he said. “That’s kind of the frustrating thing about this. I had a couple weeks off, was getting treatment and trying to get ready for Augusta. As of right now, it’s still too soon. As I said, that’s very frustrating.”
Last week, Golfweek reported that Woods is dealing with a bulging disk in his back and that it would not require surgery, just rest and treatment.
Woods has not missed the Masters as a professional, but will limp into this year’s first major after pulling out of last week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, withdrawing from the Honda Classic near the end of his final round, finishing T-25 at Doral despite what looked like excruciating pain in his back and a missed secondary cut at the Farmers Insurance Open in January. At this time last year, Woods had two wins under his belt and looked primed for a run at another green jacket.