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I'm going to try everything to be fit for the Masters - Tiger


Tiger Woods. Photo: Kamran Jebreili/AP Photo

Tiger Woods. Photo: Kamran Jebreili/AP Photo

Tiger Woods. Photo: Kamran Jebreili/AP Photo

Former World No 1 Tiger Woods insists he's "trying everything" to be able to play at next month's Masters.

Woods has not featured at a competitive event since a back injury forced him to withdraw from the Omega Dubai Desert Classic before the start of his second round on February 3.

But the 41-year-old, who has won the Masters on four occasions, is hoping to return in time for the first major championship of the year, which begins on April 6.

When asked whether he thinks he will get a chance to play at the Masters this year, Woods told 'Good Morning America': "God, I hope so. I'm trying. I'm trying everything extra to be able to get back and play.

"I love that event. It's meant so much to me in my life. It has so much history and meaning to me, I'd love to get back. I know that the mind is sharp, I just need to get the body willing to do it."

Meanwhile, Marc Leishman is looking forward to his trip to Augusta following his one-shot victory in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

The Australian finished fourth at Augusta in 2013, but withdrew from the year's first major championship in 2015 when his wife Audrey fell seriously ill with toxic shock syndrome.

"It's amazing," said Leishman, whose previous PGA Tour victory came in the Travelers Championship in 2012. "It's been quite a while and my son keeps reminding me - 'Daddy, why don't you ever win the trophy?'

"I've been trying extra hard for him and it was great today that he was here and a special day with everything honouring Mr Palmer."

Irish Independent