Tiger Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, threw cold water on a report that said his client is unlikely to be healthy enough to play in the 2017 Masters.
On Friday, Golf Digest’s Brian Wacker reported that multiple sources said Woods has not been able to play or practice since withdrawing from the Dubai Desert Classic in early February.
“I would be shocked if he plays anytime soon,” one source said.
Another source said Woods "didn't look good” and that the former world No. 1’s recent golf activity has been limited to putting. Woods seemed nowhere near ready to tee it up at the Masters on April 6, the source suggested.
Woods’ agent did not respond to an email from Golf Digest.
Steinberg, though, did respond to the story with this statement provided to the Golf Channel (via NBC Sports):
"I have no idea who Mr. Wacker’s really close sources are. I can tell you this, nobody spoke to him (Wacker); so how he could know something that Tiger and I don’t know is comical. I talked to Tiger four hours ago on the phone. We’re not in a situation to even talk about playing in the Masters now. He’s gotten treatments and is progressing and hoping he can do it. There’s not been a decision one way or the other. I couldn’t give you a fair assessment, but to say it’s doubtful is an absolutely inaccurate statement."
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Asked whether Woods has been hitting balls, Steinberg said: “I don’t want to talk about specifics yet. When we’re ready to get into that, we’ll disclose it. He’s working hard at getting better, he’s working hard at progressing."
With the Masters less than three weeks away, more definitive answers about Woods’ condition have to come soon.