Tiger Woods 'progressing and hoping' he can play Masters

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Tiger Woods 'progressing and hoping' he can play Masters

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Tiger Woods 'progressing and hoping' he can play Masters

Tiger Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg issued an update on Woods’ rehab Friday night while slapping down a story published earlier in the day by Golf World.

The Golf World story, by Brian Wacker, cited several sources in saying it “seems unlikely” Woods would play in the Masters, which begins in three weeks.

“I have no idea who Mr. Wacker’s really close sources are. I can tell you this, nobody spoke to him (Wacker); so how he could know something that Tiger and I don’t know is comical,” Steinberg said in a statement to Golf Channel’s Tim Rosaforte. “I talked to Tiger four hours ago on the phone. We’re not in a situation to even talk about playing in the Masters now. He’s gotten treatments and is progressing and hoping he can do it. There’s not been a decision one way or the other. I couldn’t give you a fair assessment, but to say it’s doubtful is an absolutely inaccurate statement.”

Asked if Woods has been hitting balls and putting at his compound on Jupiter Island, Steinberg told Rosaforte: “I don’t want to talk about specifics yet. When we’re ready to get into that, we’ll disclose it. He’s working hard at getting better, he’s working hard at progressing.”

Earlier, Wacker reported “another source said that he saw Woods recently and he ‘didn’t look good,’ adding that while he hopes he is back soon, Woods doesn’t look close to being ready and that a return at the Masters would be too soon. The source added that all Woods has been able to do of late is putt.”

Woods, a four-time Masters champion, has missed the event twice in the past three years.

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