- Tiger Woods still feels he has a chance to compete for a fifth Masters triumph in two weeks but his back remains an issue, the golfer said. The 14-time major champion has not played since withdrawing from last month's Dubai Desert Classic with ongoing back spasms. Woods is promoting a new book about his first triumph at Augusta in 1997 and when asked on television's Good Morning America show if he would compete at the National this year he said, "God, I hope so. I'm trying. I'm trying everything I can do to be able to get back and play. I love that event. It has meant so much to me in my life." Woods said while his spirit is willing, his body remains an issue.