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Big names struggling for fitness as The Masters fast approaches
Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Jason Day need no reminding that The Masters in only one week away, but as each player battles their own injuries, will any of them make it to the dance?
According to Tiger Woods’ agent, the World No.1 is set to make a decision ‘very, very shortly,’ with ongoing back issues keeping the 14-time major winner firmly on the outside looking in.
Only last week Tiger threw his chances of playing at Augusta into question when he said: "For Augusta, it's still a little too soon (to know), to be honest with you. That's kind of the frustrating thing about this.
"I had a couple weeks off, was getting treatment and trying to get ready for Augusta. As of right now, it's still too soon. As I said, that's very frustrating."
And things are from rosy in the garden of World No.5 Phil Mickelson, who withdrew from last week’s Valero Texas Open in the third round after pulling an oblique muscle while hitting off with his driver.
"I pulled a muscle on my downswing trying to hit the ball hard on the second hole. It just killed and it wouldn't subside for 10 or 12 seconds," Mickelson said in a statement.
The Callaway Golf man has three Masters titles to his name, the most recent of which coming in 2010, and he is always tipped to do well when teeing off at Augusta. There would be a sizeable hole in the event should Mickelson be absent from the tournament.
And then there’s the World No.4, Jason Day, whose thumb injury has already forced him to withdraw from the final PGA Tournament before The Masters, the WGC-Cadillac Championship, on Thursday.
Day finished tied for second in 2011 and then achieved a third-placed finish last year – but must now battle just to make it to the event at all. The Australian is back ‘hitting limited golf balls’ and will be hoping to emulate fellow countryman Adam Scott who got his hands on the Green Jacket last year.
Will we have the 2014 Masters Tournament missing the World No 1, 4 and 5 seeds, or can Tiger, Phil and Jason overcome their injuries to battle it out for the coveted Green Jacket? We’ll find out soon enough.