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Woods to make decision on Masters involvement ‘shortly’
According to the agent of Tiger Woods, the world number one is set to make a decision on his Masters participation ‘shortly,’ putting to bed rumours of whether he’ll be fit enough to compete.
Woods has suffered significantly with back problems this season and was forced to pull out of the final round of the Honda Classic at the beginning of March. Since then the 14-time major winner has been coy on his possible Masters involvement, with speculation again being spiked when he skipped the Arnold Palmer Invitational entirely as his back problems refused to dissipate.
The 2014 Masters is right round the corner now and Woods admitted last week that it might be too soon for a return, stating: "It's actually still a little too soon (to know), to be honest with you."
There’s still over a week to go before the tournament gets under way at Augusta – and his agent Mark Steinberg told Brian Biggane of the Palm Beach Post a decision would be made "very, very shortly on Tiger's status for the Masters."
For the integrity of the sport, which needs its best players on the field for every major, hoping that Tiger is able to find a way to overcome his back issues is all anyone can do.