Tiger: Masters in doubt after more back issues

Tiger Woods could be in serious doubt for next month’s Masters with continuing concerns for his ailing back.

The 14-time Major winner again endured back spasms during the final round of the WGC – Cadillac Championship at Trump Doral in suburban Miami.

Tiger Woods Tiger Woods tees off during the Cadillac Championship (Credit: www.golffile.ie)

After getting himself back into the $US 9m event courtesy of a third round 66, Woods was clearly struggling after playing an 8-iron bunker shot at the sixth hole when he had to play with his right foot out of the bunker.

Woods had earlier his two spectators with errant shots at the first and third holes on route to an eventual round of 78 to finish well down in a share of 25th place.

“It basically all started on six, the second shot out of bunker, my foot was out of the bunker,” he said.

“That’s what set it (his back) off and then it was done after that. Just to see if I could actually manage to get through the spasms today.

“But anything in flexion was done, so the deeper the flexion, the worse it felt.”

Woods is scheduled not to compete again until next fortnight when he defends the Arnold Palmer hosted Bay Hill Invitational in Orlando, Florida.

But when asked about his immediate schedule, including the Masters, he responded: ”I don’t know, just let me get through this day, you know, get some treatment and we’ll assess it as time goes on.”

“It’s the same as what happened last week. If it flares up, it flares up.”

“It’s just a matter of keeping it calm, and we had a quick turnaround here from last week. It would be nice to have a week off where I can shut it down and get some treatment.”

“It’s all about keep things aligned in my spine.”

“As I said, if I feel good, I can actually make a pretty decent swing. You saw it yesterday. I actually can make some good swings and shoot a good score, but I’m feeling like this, it’s a little tough.”

“Normally things like this, you shut it down for a while and then get back up and get the strength and everything developed around it.”

“So it will be nice to take this week off and get everything ready for Bay Hill.”