Tiger Woods, who almost lost his leg in a horrific car accident in Los Angeles just 14 months ago, said Tuesday that he was aiming to play in this week’s Masters tournament, which would mark the golf icon’s return to competitive play.
Woods, the five-time master champion, said at a news conference today that he would play a final practice round on Wednesday before making a final decision, but he wants to play in the major starting Thursday.
“From now on, I feel like I’m going to play,” he told the media after spending time in the Augusta National Practice Area (limited access to rain in today’s course). He told the media that he would make the final decision after the nine-hold practice round tomorrow.
Woods said on Sunday that it would be a “game-time decision” to play in his first tournament since the November 15, 2020 – The Masters final round. Three months later, on February 23, 2021, while recovering from back surgery, he was traveling at a high speed when his SUV crashed near the Pacific Palisades in LA, sending it down an embankment. He suffered multiple leg fractures and later reported Golf digestst that “when there was a point in time, I wouldn’t say it was 50/50, but if I was going to walk one foot from that hospital it was very close.”
She has been working on a comeback ever since, including a recent Pro-Am game with her son Charlie. He said in early November that he would have to “go a long way” to recover before considering returning.
Wood’s news on the lineup will be welcomed by ESPN and CBS, which broadcast the tournament on television. Woods, considered by some to be the greatest golfer in history with 15 big wins, especially when he set foot on any course, especially Augusta, where he often won in spectacular fashion and topped the top five 12 times in 23 years. Presence
He is currently paired with Joy (82) for a PGA Tour record with Sam Snead.
The Masters runs April 7-10.