It has so much history and meaning to me that I'd love to get back," Woods said.

PRACTISING BUT NO ROUNDS

Woods told USA Today he would attend the Champions Dinner at Augusta National in two weeks at Augusta National even if he does not tee off with the field two days later.

"I do have a chance," Woods told the newspaper. "I'm working on my game. I just need to get to a point where I feel like I'm good enough and I'm healthy enough to do it.

"I've been practicing. I haven't been playing (rounds)... It's building, but I still have a little ways to go."

Woods missed the 2014 Masters with a back injury and missed all of the 2015-16 season following back surgery. He made his comeback last December after a 15-month hiatus at the Hero World Challenge, then missed the cut at Torrey Pines in January before pulling out at Dubai after an opening 77.

Woods, who has not won a major title since the 2008 US Open, has not made the cut in a major since the 2015 Masters, where he finished 17th.

Two weeks ago, Woods said he would be unable to play in last week's Arnold Palmer Invitational "due to ongoing rest and rehabilitation on my back" and said then he had no timetable for his return but treatments were "going well."

Woods, second on the all-time major wins list to the 18 of Jack Nicklaus, has won 79 career PGA titles, three shy of Sam Snead's all-time record.

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