Woods provides hopeful Masters update

23 February 2021 00:55:22 GMTPlus10

Tiger Woods is hopeful he will be able to return to action ahead of the first major of the year, The Masters, in April.

The 15-time major winner has not been seen on the PGA Tour since his last appearance at Augusta in November, as he underwent back surgery at the start of the year to remove a pressurised disc fragment that had been giving him nerve pain.

That marked the fifth time the former world number one has undergone back surgery and he has been forced to miss a number of high-profile events since his latest operation, including last week's Genesis Invitational, a tournament that is hosted by his foundation.

Indeed, Woods was on hand to present champion Max Homa with his trophy following Sunday's final round.

Speaking afterwards, the 45-year-old provided an update on his rehabilitation, confirming his hopes of playing at the Masters.

"There is no timetable, that's one of the more frustrating things," Woods told Golf Channel. "I'm just waiting for another MRI to see if the annulus has scarred over and sealed. Once that happens, then I can dedicate to start doing more."

When asked directly about his Masters hopes, Woods told CBS: "I hope so. I've got to get there first."

If Woods does make it to Augusta then he will be aiming to win a sixth green jacket, which would equal the record for most Masters victories that is currently held by Jack Nicklaus.

The world number 50 last tasted Masters glory in 2019 and he is priced at 1213.00 to repeat that success this year, with the tournament set to take place from 8th April.

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