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Tiger Woods Says Too Soon to Know If His Back Is Fit for Masters

Golfer Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods hits his tee shot on the 18th hole during the final round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship in Doral, Florida, on March 9, 2014. Photographer: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

March 24 (Bloomberg) -- Tiger Woods said he doesn’t yet know if back spasms that have plagued him this season will force him to miss the Masters Tournament, which he has played in every year since 1995.

“It’s still a little too soon to be honest with you,” Woods said during a press conference in Washington. “That’s kind of the frustrating thing about this.”

The Masters, the first of golf’s four annual Grand Slam events, is scheduled to be played April 10-13 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Woods has played in the tournament 19 straight years and won the last of his four titles in 2005.

Woods, 38, skipped last week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Florida, an event he has won a record eight times, including the past two years, due to his back issue. He also withdrew during the final round of the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, three weeks earlier and finished 25th at the Cadillac Championship in Miami the following week.

“I’ve had a couple weeks off and have been getting treatment to try to get it ready for Augusta,” Woods said.

The No. 1 player in the Official World Golf Ranking, Woods was in Washington to discuss Quicken Loans replacing AT&T Inc. as the title sponsor of his annual tournament at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland.

To contact the reporter on this story: Michael Buteau in Atlanta at mbuteau@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net Dex McLuskey, Jay Beberman

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