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Tiger Woods fights to save ranking by playing WGC Cadillac at Doral

Tiger Woods is ready to play this weekend at Doral.
Tiger Woods is ready to play this weekend at Doral.Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images

Tiger Woods was almost ready to sit out this week's golf tournament at Trump National Doral, but the golfer is ready to play. On March 5, ESPN Golf reported that Woods was headed down to Doral for the tournament. Mark Steinberg said the following about Woods and his readiness to play:

He wouldn't be coming down here if he didn't intend to compete at the highest level. He intends to play and wants to play well.

His agent also revealed that Woods would take a tour of the newly reconfigured course. Woods has confirmed that he will play at WGC Cadillac this weekend. He said he 'feels good' during a press conference held this afternoon, according to USA Today.

Why the concern? Tiger Woods backed out of the Honda Classic on Sunday during the final round due to a new back injury. Woods had not even hit a golf ball since the tournament on Sunday, and this is only the third tournament he left in this manner during the final round. He will go out for a practice round today, and he revealed that he did hit a few golf balls today.

This is not the first time Woods has dealt with back issues. He suffered from back problems last year as well. He said his back problems are just a part 'of the aging process' at a press conference at Trump National Doral today.

Why is Woods making sure he plays at this weekend's tournament? One of the reasons behind his quick return could be rankings. He could lose his status as the number one golfer to Adam Scott, according to CBS Sports. Adam Scott could take over number one if he wins this weekend's tournament and Woods comes outside of the top seven.

What do you think? How well will Tiger Woods do at this week's tournament? His first tee time is at 12:39 p.m. on Thursday.

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