Tiger Woods will defend his title at the WGC Championships-Cadillac Championship after recovering from lower back pain that forced him to withdraw from the final round of the Honda Classic three days ago.
Woods, the No. 1 player in the Official World Golf Ranking, arrived today at Trump National Doral in Miami for a practice round before tomorrow’s start of the U.S. PGA Tour event. He said he had been undergoing “nonstop” treatment on his back over the past several days.
The 14-time major tournament winner withdrew 13 holes into the final round of the Honda event on March 2 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He was 5-over par for the round, which he entered tied for 17th after shooting a 5-under 65 the previous day.
“The will to win hasn’t changed,” Woods said in a televised press conference. “Just physically, am I able to do it? A bad back is no joke.”
Woods, 38, said the pain was similar to what he felt during the U.S. PGA Tour’s first 2013 playoff event, the Barclays, when lower back pain brought him to his knees during the final round. He pulled out of a charity event two days later.
After this week’s tournament, Woods has said he will also play in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, beginning March 20 in Orlando, Florida. The Masters Tournament, golf’s first of four annual major events, begins on April 10.