Two days after lingering back pain limited Tiger Woods during the final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship, Woods' agent indicated that the world No. 1 still plans to defend his title next week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
"Tiger is continuing to get treatment and and get himself in a good place for next week," agent Mark Steinberg wrote, according to an ESPN.com report. "He intends to be at Bay Hill."
Woods was forced to withdraw from the Honda Classic earlier this month due to back spasms, and the 38-year-old again experienced pain after hitting from an awkward stance on the sixth hole Sunday at Trump National Doral. Woods was able to finish the round, but he carded a 6-over 78 and failed to make a single birdie for just the eighth time in his professional career.
Woods has won at Bay Hill each of the last two years, four times since 2008 and eight times in total, a record for victories in a single PGA Tour event that he shares with Sam Snead. He has failed to tee it up in this event just once during his professional career, skipping it in 2010 during a lengthy absence from competition that stemmed from his November 2009 car accident.
An appearance in Orlando next week is expected to be Woods' final start before the Masters, now just four weeks away. Woods has struggled to garner much momentum in 2014, with his withdrawal at Honda sandwiched by an MDF result at Torrey Pines and a T-25 finish last week in Miami.