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WGC-Cadillac Championship : Injured Woods may not be ready for Doral title defense





DORAL: Tiger Woods’s status for this week’s WGC-Cadillac Championship remained uncertain on Tuesday as the reigning champion continued to receive treatment for a sore back. He cancelled his pre-tournament news conference and practise round on Tuesday but is due to meet with the media on Wednesday. Woods, who have been paired with Masters champion, Adam Scott and FedExCup winner Henrik Stenson for the opening two rounds at Doral, withdrew from Sunday’s final round of the Honda Classic after 13 holes due to back spasms. Woods, whose career tally of 14 majors is second to Jack Nicklaus, said in a statement after the Honda Classic that he would decide later if he could defend his WGC-Cadillac title.
If Woods is unfit to play it would be a big setback ahead of the April 10-13 Masters at Augusta National, the year’s first major It would also leave world number two Scott a chance to bump Woods from the top of the world rankings with a win at Doral. In 13 career starts at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, Woods has seven wins, the last four on the famed Blue Monster course, which underwent a massive redesign following last year’s win. With the world’s top 50 players all teeing it up at the Blue Monster course there will be plenty to keep the expected large galleries entertained. Another marquee grouping will feature Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy, who will be bidding to rebound from a jarring playoff loss at the Honda Classic, 2009 Doral winner and fan favourite Phil Mickelson and in-form Australian Jason Day, winner of WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. 

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