Tiger Woods says he's trying to make a comeback at the Masters

  • Tiger Woods says he's trying to make a comeback at the Masters

Tiger Woods says he's trying to make a comeback at the Masters

Tiger Woods is making his way around the greater New York City area Monday, touting his new book about the 1997 Masters, which was released today.

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.

Woods is now ranked world No742 and has not competed since February 2 when he pulled out after shooting 77 in the Dubai Desert Classic, complaining of back spasms. Woods shot a first-round score of 77 and withdrew from the tournament because of back spasms.

The first major of the season - which the American has won no less than four times - gets under way at Augusta National on April 6 and Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Jason Day are four players who are expected to make a strong challenge.

"God, I hope so", Woods said when asked by "Good Morning America" host Michael Strahan if he would be able to play in the Masters. "It's meant so much to me".

"It has so much history and meaning to me that I'd love to get back", Woods said.

Woods said while his spirit is willing, his body remains an issue when it comes to being able to train well enough to prepare for the rigors of four rounds at a major event, something he has done only twice since the 2013 PGA Championship.

The veteran also stated that family commitments have gotten in the way of his training of late, and might have hindered his recovery from the injury, as devoting time to his two children takes priority over golf.

"We're not in a situation to even talk about playing in the Masters now", Steinberg told Golf Channel's Tim Rosaforte. "I know the mind is sharp. I couldn't give you a fair assessment, but to say it's doubtful is an absolutely inaccurate statement". The last came in 2015 when he tied for 17th. Woods pulled out after the first round and the next three tournaments because of ongoing back problems.

"I need to get back physically", he added.