Tiger Woods has decided to start the 86th Masters in history starting this Thursday. Very seriously injured in February 2021 in Los Angeles during a car accident, the five-time winner of the green jacket makes his return, a year and a half after his last performance. It was on… Masters in November 2020!
Tiger Woods, 46, will be lining up at the Masters next Thursday! Have tests been performed 30 March subsequently on April 3 were therefore found positive. Indeed, the Tiger had first come to probe himself – especially his right leg, bruised in a horrific car accident in February 2021 in Los Angeles – in the company of his son. Charlieand his friend, Justin Thomas before returning on Sunday for another recognition†
He even put it back on Monday nine extra holes with Justin Thomas (him again) and Fred Couples† The winner of Master 1992Impressed by the quality of the play of the five-time winner of the green jacket, he even let loose by declaring that he would see the Tiger win next Sunday.
— The Masters (@TheMasters) Apr 5, 2022
† As we speak I’m going to play the Masters ‘ he launched into the conference room. Although he added that he still has nine holes this Wednesday to participate definitively in this 86th edition, although it is already historic. Confidently, he also replied that he ” was able to win the tournament on Sunday. I think I can win. †
† I decide to hang up when I feel like I can’t win anymorehe added, proving his great determination here. But I feel like I can still do it. I like competition. I still have my hands for it. I had been in much worse situations and I kept playing and winning! Physically, the challenge this week will not be worrying about my ball hitting or my golf game. No, it’s just the hills here. Yes, it will be a challenge. The challenge of a great marathon. †
973rd player in the world this week
Tiger Woods in the Masters made 23 appearances between 1995 and 2020. He crossed the line 22 times, played 90 rounds (50 under par) with an average score per round of 70.87. His highest card (77) was drawn in the 3rd round of his first Masters, in 1995. He was still an amateur. His lowest card? A 65 posted twice in the 3rd round of the 1997 and 2005 editions. Two of his five wins in Augusta. In the Masters alone, the Tiger earned $9,566,069 in prize money.
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Set your agenda for Thursday at 7:34 a.m. pic.twitter.com/NurqTMUCmH
— The Genesis Invitation (@thegenesisinv) Apr 5, 2022
He will share the first two rounds of these 2022 Masters with the South African Louis Oosthuizen and the Chilean Joaquin Niemann, respectively 14th and 20th in the world. Tiger Woods, he’s in … 973rd place! The trio will start on Thursday at 10:34 AM locally (4:34 PM in France) and then at 1:41 PM on Friday (7:41 PM in France).
Initially, he set himself The Open as a point of return
This decision to participate in the 86th Masters in history is still very surprising, as the greatest golfer of the past 25 years – if not the greatest in golf history – has not played an official tournament since the 2020 Masters where he finished 38th. place in the final with a terrible 10 (seven times bogey) on Sunday on the par 3 of 12!
A risky choice for the American with 82 wins over the PGA tour (absolute record he shares with) Sam Snead) which had nevertheless hinted, during the last Genesis invited mid-February, that he was far from being in optimal condition.
He also hoped at the time to resume normal golf practice around the summer, setting the goal between the lines of returning for the 150th British Open (July 14-17) held on St Andrews†
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