He canceled his pre-tournament news conference and practice
round on Tuesday but is due to meet with the media on Wednesday.
Woods, who has 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 No. 2 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.
"I'd say it's definitely a different Doral," said Briton Justin
Rose, the 2012 WGC-Cadillac champion. "A lot has clearly been
done since last year.
"There's elements that you recognize but pretty much the shots,
the lines and obviously the reads on the greens are all
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
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 favorite
Phil Mickelson and in-form Australian Jason Day, winner of
WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.
"At these events like the majors and WGC events, if you play
well, you can move yourself up the rankings pretty quick," said
Day. "Winning the WGC Match Play, moving from 11 to 4, it was
one of my goals to get into the top five this year and winning
that event shot me up to number four.
"I don't want to stop there. I just love playing in front of a
lot of people on the big stage."
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