When Tiger Woods won the Masters tournament in 2019, it was hailed by many golf fans and pundits as the “return of the king” and one of the sport’s “greatest comebacks of all time”.
His fifth Masters win, and 15th career major, came 11 years after his last major win and 14 years after his previous triumph at Augusta National. It was a remarkable return to the top after falling to 1,199 in the world rankings in 2017 due to injuries, back surgery and personal issues.
Now, three years after that winning weekend, could the former world No. 1 make another great comeback? Just 14 months ago, Woods suffered serious leg injuries after a car accident in California and the 46-year-old American admitted he “felt lucky to be alive”.
“He looked good to me”
Woods has not played competitive golf since the car accident in February last year. However, the prospect of an “incredible” return at next week’s Masters has risen after he played a practice round in Augusta on Tuesday. The guard called. When Woods’ private jet landed in Georgia, “the bookies immediately reduced his odds of a sixth green jacket to about 50-1.”
Woods is among the expected 91 participants in the Masters, which takes place from April 7th to 10th. “He has yet to officially say whether he will play,” ESPN reported. But there was “rapturous anticipation” on social media that he was gearing up to play at the Masters.
Because of its “many hills and length,” Augusta is considered “one of the most difficult hikes in competitive golf,” the sports website added. But Woods completed all 18 holes with son Charlie and PGA Tour pro Justin Thomas. “He’s played every one of them,” a source told ESPN. “He looked good to me.”
“Master of Mystery Making”
Apparently, Woods used the practice session with Thomas, a close family friend, as a “fitness test to see if he could make a sensational return at the first men’s major of the year,” he said BBCis Iain Carter. He has until next week to decide whether he will participate and his participation will “probably depend on how his body reacts to the rigors he puts in on Augusta’s heavily hilly 18 holes on Tuesday.”
In December, Woods announced he had a goal play the 150th Open in St. Andrews in Scotland in July. But when he hosted the Genesis Invitational tournament on the PGA Tour in February, he wished he could say when he would return. “My golf activity has been very limited, it takes time,” he said. “What’s frustrating is that it doesn’t fit my schedule. I just have to keep working. I’m better, yeah But as I said, not at the rate and speed I would like. They also add the age factor. You just don’t heal as quickly, which is frustrating.”
He was the “master of the creation of mysteries,” he said The guard‘s Ewan Murray, the fact that Woods is “ready to visit Augusta at this point” means he is “serious” about the possibility of playing at the 86th Masters.
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