Good friend O'Meara thinks Tiger will play at Augusta

Fri Apr 3, 2015 3:05pm EDT
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(Removes erroneous reference to Tiger Woods Foundation in para 10 and makes clear O'Meara is working with Bluejack developers)

HOUSTON, Texas (Reuters) - By Bernie McGuire

Mark O'Meara believes his good friend Tiger Woods will compete in next week's U.S. Masters.

Former world number one Woods, whose ranking has plummeted to a mind-boggling 104th, has struggled badly for form and fitness this season and has played only twice on the PGA Tour.

His manager Mark Steinberg told Reuters earlier this week that the 39-year-old American had played 18 holes at Augusta as he continued to assess whether his game would be "tournament-ready" for the first major of the year.

"Deep down I think he will play," said O'Meara at a media viewing of Woods' first U.S.-designed golf course at Bluejack National, an hour's drive from Houston.

"I hope he plays but I also understand he is doing what he needs to do for him. Everybody struggles in the game of golf and no-one is immune to struggling.

"Let's face it, for a long time Tiger didn't have to struggle and nobody dominated a sport like he did," added O'Meara.   Continued...

Jan 27, 2015; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Tiger Woods smiles during a practice round at TPC Scottsdale. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports - RTR4N6EO