With the Masters about six weeks away, Tiger Woods says he isn't certain he will be ready to play in the year's first major championship.
Woods, who underwent a fifth back surgery on December 23, said in a CBS interview during the Genesis Invitational that he could not commit to playing a tournament before the Masters and that even the event itself, April 8-11, remains uncertain.
He originally expected to take 10-12 weeks for recovery, which would have him back by mid-March.
Asked specifically about the Masters, he offered "God, I hope so. But I've got to get there first.
"I don't have much wiggle room left. I've got only one back."
Woods, 45, said he hasn't practised much.
"I don't have much wiggle room left. I've got only one back ... The plan right now is to get through tomorrow and start progressing." – Tiger Woods
"I have looked at my putter, the plan right now is to get through tomorrow and start progressing," he said.
He has had a mixed record with managing the injury in recent years.
Woods won his fifth Masters in 2019, bringing him within one of the record held by Jack Nicklaus, but has missed the cut at three of the six majors since then.
A 15th major title for Woods is four more than any golfer except Nicklaus, who won 18.
Woods has won 82 PGA Tour titles, equal with Sam Snead atop the all-time list.
But at the 2020 Masters, won by Dustin Johnson in November, Woods tied for 38th in what was his most recent official event.
"I'm feeling fine, a little stiff," Woods said.
"I've got one more MRI scheduled, and then I can start doing more activities.
"I'm still in the gym doing rehab activities before gravitating towards more."