Still hoping to play in The Masters

Woods has until the first day of the Masters on Thursday, April 6 to decide whether he is playing. Woods shot a first-round score of 77 and withdrew from the tournament because of back spasms.

The 41-year-old has played only seven competitive rounds since making his comeback after nearly 16 months out following back surgery in September 2015, and his latest setback was expected to rule him out of teeing up at the first major of the year. Appearing on "Good Morning America" ahead of a book signing for his new book, co-written with Lorne Rubenstein, about his 1997 Masters win, Woods was asked if he would be competing at Augusta National in search of a fifth green jacket win.

"I love that event". "I'm trying everything to be able to get back and play".

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

He added: "I need to get back physically". I can tell you this, nobody spoke to him (Wacker); so how he could know something that Tiger and I dont know is comical, ” Steinberg said in a statement to the Golf Channel.

Woods' agent disputed a Golf Digest report last Friday saying that Woods was "doubtful" for Masters, saying no decision had been made.

Woods' putting stroke looked pretty solid, but more importantly, how about those two times he quickly moved to knock a ball out of the way so his putt could go in?

He was fully expected to miss out on the tournament but is desperate to beat the odds and get back to fitness in time to feature.

Former world No1 Woods - who is struggling to be fit in time for next month's Masters - looked overjoyed as he beat TV host Michael Strahan, who is a former Super Bowl victor, although his winning but came after the timer had ended. Getting the prep time. "I know that the mind is sharp". Another injury derailed his progress, however, and cast the rest of Woods' season in doubt. It's been harder. My priorities have changed a lot. "My kids now dominate my life and I think that's a good thing".

  • Loretta Pittman