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Still unclear if Tiger will play in PGA Championship

Tiger Woods watches his his tee shot fourth hole during final round Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament Sunday Aug. 3 2014

Tiger Woods watches his his tee shot on the fourth hole during the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

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Updated: August 5, 2014 3:39PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Tiger Woods was a no-show for his press conference Tuesday morning, but it wasn’t clear if his back troubles would keep the 14-time major winner from competing in the PGA, which begins Thursday at Valhalla.

Woods’ caddie, Joe LaCava, was on the course preparing for the tournament, and Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, said no decision had been made on whether Woods would be able to play.

How competitive Woods would be even if his back cooperates also is alarge question.

“This doesn’t bode well right now,’’ said Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson, who’s looking for reasons to include Woods on his team at Gleneagles next month. ``I just hope that maybe it’s an isolated problem that he can turn around and possibly play this week.’’

Woods, who underwent back surgery on March 31, withdrew midway through his final round in Akron on Sunday after tweaking his back.

“It’s very difficult to describe his game right now,’’ said Martin Kaymer, who played the first two rounds with Woods last week. “The first round, he hit some amazing shots. And then he hit some shots

that were far away from the target.

“Everbody wants him back at the golf tournaments,’’ Kaymer said. “If you win a big tournament without Tiger in the field, you still feel very happy, but you want to play against him. When Tiger’s playing, it brings a little bit more to a golf tournament.”

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