Palmer expects ailing Tiger to be 'dangerous'

ANDREW BOTH
Last updated 12:45 21/03/2014

Relevant offers

Golf

Hot putter key to Adam Scott's title defence in Palm Beach OPINION: To expect Rory McIlroy to stand up to Donald Trump is not fair Meet the one-armed six-year-old beating PGA Tour pros at their own game Donald Trump makes time for 18 holes with Rory McIlroy American golfer Dustin Johnson goes from pariah to world No 1 Adam Scott changes schedule to chase major wins with caddie Steve Williams Admit women or lose Tokyo Games golf, IOC tells club Dustin Johnson replaces Jason Day as world number one with Los Angeles win Lydia Ko shows she is not comfortable with tweaks to her new swing, claims golf analyst Lydia Ko delivers worst finish at an Australian Open as Ha Na Jang wins

Arnold Palmer says Tiger Woods will be "dangerous" at next month's Masters but acknowledged that doubts surround the health of the 14-times major champion.

Woods withdrew from this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida, a tournament he has won a mind-boggling eight times, citing back spasms that plagued him in the two tournaments he played earlier in March.

"I've talked to him (and) he was a little worried about how quick he can recover from this," Palmer, who hosts this week's event at Orlando's Bay Hill Golf Club, told Golf Channel.

"But once you have a problem like that and have to withdraw, there's always that doubt whether you can get it back where you want it.

"I would say there's a good chance he'll be 100 percent for Augusta, but you never know."

Golf Week, citing an unnamed source, said on its website that Woods has been diagnosed with a bulging disc in his back. The player has not commented on the report.

World number one Woods is not expected to play before the April 10-13 Masters at Augusta National, which means he will enter the year's first major without having competed in over a month.

Palmer, affectionately nicknamed 'The King' and a winner of 62 PGA Tour titles in his illustrious career, believes Woods would have been helped by a pre-Masters gallop at a course he has dominated.

"He'll be there and he'll be dangerous whatever happens (but) playing Bay Hill would have helped him because he likes the golf course," said Palmer, 84.

"He can swing where he knows he wants the ball to go and that's important. It gives him the confidence he would need for Augusta."

Woods has won the Masters four times, but not since 2005, though he has been in contention several times.

The 38-year-old has made no secret of his desire to win more majors than anyone in history. He is four shy of the record 18 majors won by Jack Nicklaus.

Ad Feedback

- Fairfax Media

Special offers
Opinion poll

If she is able to, when do you expect Lydia Ko to win her first major?

Next year, she's so close

She's still working towards it, within three years

It may be longer than we think, within five years

The expectation might be too much, maybe never

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content