Tiger Woods says he hasn't given up hope of making his comeback at next month's Masters, but he still remains some way off being physically fit enough to tee it up at Augusta.
The 14-time major winner's latest comeback was cut short after just three rounds in early February, when back spasms forced him to withdraw after day one of the Dubai Desert Classic.
And having sat out the Genesis Open, Honda Classic and Arnold Palmer Invitational, time is running out for him make it back in time for the first major of the year, which tees off on April 6th.
Speaking today on Good Morning America, Woods said that he's desperate to make his tee time the Masters, 22 years after playing his first major there in 1995.
"I hope so. I'm trying. I'm trying every day to get back and play," he said.
Two years later, Woods won the first of his 14 majors at Augusta, and having won three more Green Jackets since, he says he knows just how physically fit he needs to be in order to maintain his incredible record at the course.
"I need to get back physically. The mind is sharp, I just need to get the body willing to do it. That’s the hard part, getting the prep time in and I haven’t been able to get as much prep time in.
"I haven’t been able to train like I used to, practice like I used to, so it’s been harder."
As well as winning that major four times, he's only finished out of the top 20 three times in 20 appearances at Augusta, banking 13 top 10 finishes.
That's why it would be a shame for Tiger to tee it off in just over two weeks if his body isn't as sharp as his mind. With the way his physical condition has deteriorated in recent years, most have accepted that we'll probably never see him winning a fifth green jacket.
What would be tough to watch though, is one of the most dominant athletes the world has ever seen floundering at the scene of some of his greatest triumphs.