Tiger Woods insists neck pain will not dent chances at Players or Masters

• Neck injury is a consequence of fourth back surgery
• Woods believes he is getting more consistent

Tiger Woods has admitted his recent neck injury is a consequence of a fourth back surgery. The 43-year-old insisted at Sawgrass on Tuesday that he can manage the issue sufficiently to remain competitive.

Woods withdrew from last week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, in the latest fitness setback to have dogged this phase of his career. He will feature in the Players Championship from Thursday. Woods explained the pain in his neck, which has now subsided, has been an occasional factor since last year’s Open Championship.

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