Woods has won the Masters four times, most recently in 2005. He did not play in the event last season because of back problems. Woods’s abbreviated appearance in Dubai was his second official event since returning from a 15-month layoff, during which he recovered from multiple back surgeries. He has since canceled scheduled appearances at the Genesis Open and Honda Classic.
On Monday, “Good Morning America” co-host Michael Strahan asked Woods if he thinks he will physically and mentally be able to compete on a consistent basis again. Woods’s last major championship was at the U.S. Open in 2008 and he has one top-10 finish since 2013.
“I need to get back physically,” Woods said. “I know that the mind is sharp. I just need to get the body willing to do it. That’s the hard part, is getting the prep time in, and I haven’t been able to get as much prep time in, I haven’t been able to train like I used to, practice like I used to, so it’s been harder. My priorities have changed a lot. My kids now dominate my life, and I think that’s a good thing.”
On Friday, Woods’s agent, Mark Steinberg, issued a statement in response to a Golf World report that Woods has been unable to play or practice since withdrawing from Dubai and his status for the Masters is doubtful.
“We’re not in a situation to even talk about playing in the Masters now,” Steinberg told Golf Channel’s Tim Rosaforte. “He’s gotten treatments and is progressing and hoping he can do it. There’s not been a decision one way or the other. I couldn’t give you a fair assessment, but to say it’s doubtful is an absolutely inaccurate statement.”
Woods’s putting, at least, was on point Monday.