Tiger Woods fist pumps, beats Michael Strahan in putting contest

Tiger Woods, who hasn't played in an event since withdrawing from the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on February 3 with back spasms, hasn't ruled out a return for the Masters next month.

Tiger Woods is "trying everything" to play in The Masters this year, on what will be the 20th anniversary of his history-making win at the prestigious professional golf tournament.

The decision of Woods not to play in the Arnold Palmer Invitational raised serious doubts about teeing it up at Augusta and, on Friday, a GolfDigest article stated that Woods hasn't been able to play or practice since Dubai.

"I've been a part of so many Masters over the course of my career, I know exactly what it takes to get ready for that event. It's meant so much to me".

However, his agent has now dismissed those claims, insisting that the Florida resident is still working hard to be fit for the first major of the year. I just need to get the body willing to do it. I can tell you this, nobody spoke to him (Wacker); so how he could know something that Tiger and I dont know is comical, ” Steinberg said in a statement to the Golf Channel.

"I haven't been able to train like I used to, practice like I used to, so it's been harder".

Tiger Woods just beat Michael Strahan in a putting contest. He could play in next week's Shell Houston Open, but Woods has never played the Houston event, and has never played the week prior to the Masters as a pro. He's got treatments and is progressing and hoping he can do it. Woods made four putts to Strahan's three. "I couldn't give you a fair assessment, but to say it's doubtful is an absolutely inaccurate statement".

In his first start on the PGA Tour since he tied for 10th in the 2015 Wyndham Championship, Woods shot 76-72 and missed the cut in the Farmers Insurance Open the last week of January.

  • Julie Sanders