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Tiger Woods and his ailing back reportedly good to go for Cadillac Championship at Doral

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After pulling out after the 13th hole during the final round of the Honda Classic due to back spasms on Sunday, Tiger Woods appears to be good to go and will play in the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral beginning Thursday.

Woods’ withdrawal due to injury over the weekend was the fourth time in five years that he was been forced to pull out of a tournament, sparking a discussion whether or not his body is breaking down.

At least for this week, that does not appear to be the case, as multiple treatments apparently have done enough for Tiger’s wonky back to prompt Woods to believe he can compete this week … thankfully without the need of a backiotomy.

“He wouldn’t be coming down here if he didn’t intend to compete at the highest level,” Tiger’s agent, Mark Steinberg, said. “He intends to play and wants to play well.”

ESPN.com’s Bob Harig is reporting that indicated that Woods is on his way to Trump National Doral and plans to participate in a Wednesday afternoon news conference.

Back issues troubled Woods last year but said he was fine heading into this season, claiming he did not overdo it in the offseason. But finishing in a tie for 80th at Torrey Pines, tied for 41st in Dubai before Sunday’s withdrawal indicates that he certainly isn’t where he wants to be heading into a stretch leading up to the Masters and another shot at scoring a green jacket and ending major victory dry spell.

Steinberg indicated that Tiger will compete in the Arnold Palmer Invitational in two weeks and isn’t sure if Woods will play in one more tournament before Masters, which begins on April 10.

“I’d be surprised if he did, but it’s something we talk about,” Steinberg said. “He has basically played the same schedule leading up to the Masters for years.”

While that is true, that schedule has not produced a win at Augusta National, something that would serve notice this season that Tiger’s run at Jack Nicklaus’ major championships record is still a realistic goal and well within his sights.

 

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