Tiger Woods 'trying everything' to make Masters

After withdrawing from the Dubai Desert Classic Tiger Woods' status for the Masters is still up in the air

After withdrawing from the Dubai Desert Classic Tiger Woods' status for the Masters is still up in the air. Getty Images

It was 1997 when Woods broke into super-stardom by winning The Masters at the age of 21, becoming the tournament's youngest victor and first African-American victor.

Tiger Woods has not given up hope of competing in next month's U.S. Masters and is trying everything he can to overcome back problems.

Woods has been left aside since he withdrew from the Omega Dubai Desert Classic over six weeks ago, when he suffered back spasms.

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's meant so much to me in my life.

"I need to get back physically", he added. I'm trying. I'm trying every day to get back and play. "I can tell you this, nobody spoke to him (Wacker); so how he could know something that Tiger and I don't know is comical", Steinberg said in a statement to Golf Channel's Tim Rosaforte.

It would be great to see Woods fit again, but he faces a struggle to make the field for Augusta.

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? "That's the hard part, getting the prep time in and I haven't been able to get as much prep time or been able to train as much as I use to or practice like I used to, so it's been hard". He's gotten treatments and is progressing and hoping he can do it.

Woods missed the 2014 Masters with a back injury and missed all of the 2015-16 season following back surgery. There's not been a decision one way or the other. Past champions of the Masters are invited to participate for life and there is no commitment deadline.

The last of his 106 professional victories came at the Bridgestone Invitational in August 2013. "I know that the mind is sharp".

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.

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