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Thursday 14 December 2017

Tiger Woods is still hopeful of competing at the Masters after announcing he will miss next week's Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Tiger Woods is still hopeful of competing at the Masters after announcing he will miss next week's Arnold Palmer Invitational.

The 14-time major winner has been out of action since the beginning of February when he withdrew midway through his first round at the Farmers Insurance Open due to back pain.

The 39-year-old then decided to take an indefinite break from the game although he insisted his back was not an issue and he wanted to concentrate on getting his game 'tournament ready'.

"I spoke to Arnold today and told him that I will not play in his tournament this year," he said. "I'm sorry I won't be in Orlando next week, but I know it will be a really successful event.

"I hope to be ready for the Masters, and I will continue to work hard preparing for Augusta."

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