Ian Woosnam is set to participate in the Masters for a 32nd time although he has admitted that his main aim is to enjoy 36 pain-free holes. Woosnam missed the tournament last November as he was recovering from a back surgery he underwent 15 months ago. He feared that he would never be able to play professional golf ever again without surgery.
“I’ve come off the course thinking I’m not going to play again, but I’ve always said if I could do something, I’d have another go,” said the Welshman. “So I decided to have a back operation 15 months ago, and with the pandemic being around and everything, I’ve managed to recover pretty well. I’m just looking forward to getting out there and enjoying two more rounds. And hopefully, if it goes well, I can maybe come back for a few more years.”
“I want to walk around 18 holes, or 36 holes, and enjoy it. Just to try and play the course without being in any pain really, because I’ve been in pain for the last 20 years playing around here really. I haven’t played in a tournament for 18 months, so it’s not a bad place to start, is it?” he added. “I’m going to be a little nervous. It’s all about if I start playing alright and get a bit of confidence. Of course, I’ll be looking to try and make the cut, I never like to say I’m not. I like to try and have a little bit of a goal, but first and truly it’s about playing around and enjoying it and being back.”
Woosnam celebrates the 30th anniversary of his win at the Masters but also concedes that he can no longer reach the low bunkers on the 18th fairway. He had famously cleared these bunkers en route to his famous win 30 years ago.