Tiger Woods fit to defend title after back spasms

BEN EVERILL
Last updated 08:00 06/03/2014
Tiger Woods
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GUESSWORK: The last time Tiger Woods quit in the middle of a round because of an injury, he won his next tournament.

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Tiger Woods will defend his World Golf Championships Cadillac Championship after overcoming back spasms.

The World No 1 withdrew from the final round of last weeks Honda Classic with the back injury and has undergone several days of treatment in order to get ready to defend at Trump National Doral.

Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg, told ESPN in the USA on Wednesday morning Woods was on his way to the course and would take part in an afternoon news conference.

A four-time winner on the track before it was renovated for this years instalment, Woods is under pressure to hold the No.1 ranking, with Australian Adam Scott able to take it with victory this week and a poor showing from Woods.

"He wouldn't be coming down here if he didn't intend to compete at the highest level," Steinberg said.

"He intends to play and wants to play well."

Woods suffered similar back issues during the US PGA Tour playoffs last year and has started 2014 in uncharacteristically slow fashion.

He finished in a tie for 80th at Torrey Pines after missing a secondary cut, was tied for 41st in Dubai and when he withdrew last week was outside the top 40.

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