Tiger Woods on GMA: “I’m trying every day to get back and play”

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Tiger Woods made his first public appearance since his WD from the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on Feb. 3 when he dropped by the set of ABC’s Good Morning America on Monday morning.

Michael Strahan asked the question, will Tiger play in two weeks in this year’s first major, The Masters.

“God, I hope so. I’m trying. I’m trying every day to get back and play,” Woods said. “I love that event. It’s meant so much to me in my life. It’s the first major I ever played back in ’95, as a college student. It has so much history and meaning to me that I’d love to get back.”

Since his WD in Dubai, Woods subsequently pulled out of the two events he had publicly committed to playing in, the Genesis Open and Honda Classic. His foundation runs the Genesis Open and the Honda Classic is essentially a home game for him as he lives in nearby Jupiter, FL.

Woods also skipped last week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, an event he has won eight times.

“I need to get back physically. The mind is sharp, I just need to get the body willing to do it,” Woods said. “That’s the hard part. Getting the prep time. I haven’t been able to get much prep time in. Train like I used to. Practice like I used to. So it’s been hard.

“My priorities have changed a lot,” Woods continued. “My kids now dominate my life, and I think that’s a good thing.”

When he cancelled his Genesis Open press conference, Woods’ agent said his doctors had advised him to stay horizontal. On Monday morning, Woods was at least able to stand and move around as he had a putting contest with Strahan and, in signature Tiger fashion, gave a fist bump when he won.

The 14-time major champion won his first major at Augusta National Golf Club in 1997. He is in New York to promote his new book, “The 1997 Masters: My Story,” where he will be hosting a book signing at 12:30 p.m. at the Barnes & Nobles in Union Square.

 

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