Woods desperate to play Masters

Tiger Woods

GETTYTiger Woods has been absent from the past two Masters tournaments due to injury

Woods seemed to finally be healthy late past year when he made his long-awaited return at the Hero World Challenge, and he planned to play an ambitious global schedule through February.

The 14 time major victor saw his latest comeback suffer a setback at the Dubai Desert Classic in February after he was forced to withdraw due to severe back spasms.

Two weeks ago, Woods said he would be unable to play in last week's Arnold Palmer Invitational "due to ongoing rest and rehabilitation on my back" and said then he had no timetable for his return but treatments were "going well".

Despite being sidelined for the PGA's entire Florida Swing, Woods told ABC's Good Morning America show on Monday that he is aiming to go for a fifth Masters title exactly 20 years after he won the competition for the first time as a fresh-faced 21-year-old.

"God, I hope so", said Woods, when asked if he was ready to compete at Augusta National for the season's first major on April 6.

Woods first won the Masters in 1997 by a massive 12-strokes becoming the tournament's youngest ever victor at 21.

"I love that event. It has so much history and meaning to me that I'd love to get back there". It's the first major that I ever played back in 1995 as a college student.

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

Woods hasn't made a public appearance since Dubai.

"I still got to drive home after this", said Bowers, who was sporting a Pirates baseball cap, SC sweatshirt, jeans and a beard that would make "Duck Dynasty" cast members jealous. "The source added that all Woods has been able to do of late is putt". "I know that the mind is sharp".

"My priorities have changed a lot", Woods noted.

The outlook for Woods playing in the Masters, however, is less clear.

He last won the Masters in 2005, and his last major championship victory was the 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines. "My kids now dominate my life and I think that's a good thing". "There's not been a decision one way or another - I couldn't give you a fair assessment, but to say it's doubtful is an absolutely inaccurate statement. He's working hard at getting better, he's working hard at progressing".

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