http://www.digitaljournal.com/sports/downcast-tiger-woods-still-too-soon-to-say-he-ll-play-masters/article/378230

Downcast Tiger Woods: 'Still too soon' to say he'll play Masters

Posted Mar 25, 2014 by Marcus Hondro
A downcast and frustrated Tiger Woods told media on Monday that playing golf's first major of the season, the Masters, is still up in the air. Woods has been bothered by his back and does not know if he'll be pursuing his 15th major come April 10.
Tiger Woods reaches for a golf ball on the practice ground during the final round of the World Golf ...
Tiger Woods reaches for a golf ball on the practice ground during the final round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral on March 9, 2014 in Doral, Florida
Chris Trotman, Getty/AFP/File
‘‘I’ve had a couple weeks off and getting treatment and just working on trying to get ready for Augusta,’’ Woods told media Monday. ‘‘As of right now, it’s still too soon, which is, as I said, pretty frustrating.’’
The Masters at Augusta National (April 10-13) is the only major tournament Woods has never missed in his 18 years on the PGA tour and, though he has not won it in eight years, he's donned the Green Jacket on four occasions ('97, 2001, 2002, 2005). Woods has won 14 majors and is chasing golf great Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major wins.
Despite his back problems limiting his play so far this season and causing him to withdraw from the Honda Classic, to play poorly in the final round at Doral and pull out of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the 38-year-old is currently still ranked number one in the world. He was won 79 PGA tour events, second behind Sam Snead's record of 82.
Woods' last major win was the U.S. Open in 2008.