Tiger Woods “hopes” to play in the Masters at Augusta National in April after undergoing a fifth back surgery.

The 45-year-old American had surgery to relieve a pressurised disc fragment in January.

Woods recovered from spinal fusion surgery in 2017 to win a 15th major at the 2019 Masters, but his participation in this year’s event – which begins on April 8 – is in the balance.

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Woods last played at the PNC Championship in December, where he felt “discomfort” in his back.

He won his fifth Masters title in 2019, more than a decade after his previous victory in a major.

He jointly holds the record for most PGA Tour wins at 82 with Sam Snead and is three behind Jack Nicklaus’ mark of 18 major titles.