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The Masters: Tiger Woods will decide whether or not to compete at Augusta National at the last minute
The Masters: Tiger Woods will decide whether or not to compete at Augusta National at the last minute
The Masters: Tiger Woods will decide whether or not to compete at Augusta National at the last minute
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The Masters: Tiger Woods will decide whether or not to compete at Augusta National at the last minute

Tiger Woods will decide whether or not to make his long-awaited comeback at The Masters, which would be his first major participation since a career-threatening car accident in February.

Since suffering career-threatening injuries in a horrific automobile accident last February, Woods has not competed in a top-level event since playing at Augusta National in November 2020.

When asked about his future at the Genesis Invitational in February, the 15-time major champion said he “didn’t know” when he would next compete, despite making a spectacular comeback alongside his son, Charlie, at the PNC Championship in December.

When Woods went for a practise round at Augusta National on Tuesday, just days after footage of him playing Medalist Golf Club surfaced on social media, it fueled talk about a significant comeback.

“It will be a game-time decision on whether I compete,” he tweeted on Sunday as he continued to practise at Augusta.

Woods is due to conduct a news conference at Augusta National on Tuesday at 11 a.m. local time (4 p.m. BST) where he will reveal much more about his fitness and whether or not he still plans to compete.

Tiger’s return to the Masters

Woods has described his rehabilitation as the most difficult of his career, saying that his initial goal after being immobilised for several months was “simply looking forward to getting outside.” Woods was originally confined to a wheelchair before gradually progressing to crutches and eventually walking unassisted.

For the majority of 2021, there were few updates on Woods’ condition, and he was only seen in public on a few occasions while recovering, wearing a compression sleeve on his right leg, while a three-second film of him striking a wedge shot in November sparked a social media frenzy.

Throughout his press conference ahead of the Hero World Challenge the following week, Woods admitted to being in discomfort just sitting down, and he talked about the “dark moments” and “hard labour” he went through during his recovery.

He argued that he was not ready to return to the PGA Tour following his runner-up finish at the PNC Championship in December, which he shared with his son Charlie.

Woods’ Augusta National Golf Club record

This year’s tournament marks the 25th anniversary of Woods’ first major victory, with his 12-shot victory in 1997 still holding the record for the greatest winning margin in Masters history.

Woods won by two strokes in 2001, completing the “Tiger Slam” and becoming the first player to hold all four majors at the same time, and he successfully defended his title the following year, joining Jack Nicklaus and Sir Nick Faldo as the only back-to-back winners.

In 2005, he came back from seven strokes behind the leader after the first day to win in a playoff over Chris DiMarco for his fourth Masters title, before having to wait another 14 years for another. Woods’ victory in 2019 occurred 11 years after his previous major title, and it marked the end of injury-plagued several years by allowing him to win by one shot.

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