AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A comeback in contrast to some other for Tiger Woods may begin on the Masters.
Just over 13 months since Woods broken his proper leg so badly he stated docs thought-about amputation, he tweeted he was headed to Augusta National on Sunday with out but deciding whether or not to play.
“I will be heading up to Augusta today to continue my preparation and practice. It will be a game-time decision on whether I compete,” Woods wrote.
The Masters doesn’t have a agency deadline to commit like common tour occasions. It is an invite event, and gamers sometimes notify the membership provided that they don’t plan to play.
Tee instances are revealed Tuesday.
If Woods decides to play — he performed 18 holes at Augusta National 5 days in the past — it could be his first competitors towards the world’s finest gamers since Nov. 15, 2020, when the Masters was moved to autumn due to the pandemic.
Woods was recovering from a fifth again surgical procedure in early 2021 when on Feb. 23, two days after he offered the trophy on the Genesis Invitational that he hosts at Riviera, he crashed his SUV over a median on a suburban coastal highway in Los Angeles and the automotive tumbled down the aspect of a hill.
Police estimated he was going at the very least 84 mph in a forty five mph zone.
Doctors stated Woods shattered tibia and fibula bones in his proper leg in a number of areas. Those had been stabilized by a rod within the tibia, whereas a mixture of screws and pins had been used to stabilize further accidents within the ankle and foot.
Woods stated he spent three months immobilized in a makeshift hospital mattress arrange in his Florida residence. Only then he may begin transferring round on crutches, and finally he was capable of stroll on his personal.
Woods gained the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines in 2008 with a double stress fracture and torn knee ligaments in his left leg. He made it again from a scandal in his private life to change into No. 1 on the planet once more.
Nothing was extra wonderful than three years in the past at Augusta National when he gained a fifth inexperienced jacket after 4 again surgical procedures that made him concern he may by no means stroll once more.
That he’s even considering enjoying on this Masters is outstanding in its personal proper. If he can, questions are certain to shift as to whether he can win.
Every week earlier than Thanksgiving, he posted a three-second video hitting one shot with two phrases: Making progress. Two weeks later on the Hero World Challenge within the Bahamas, a vacation occasion Woods hosts, he was on the again finish of the vary at Albany hitting drivers.
The first massive shock got here two weeks later when he performed the PNC Challenge, a 36-hole scramble on a flat Florida course. Woods was allowed to journey in a cart, a degree he made when there have been gushing observations concerning the state of his sport. He and his son completed second when John Daly and his son birdied the final gap.
“It’s going to take a lot of work to get to where I feel I can complete against these guys and be at a high level,” Woods stated that day.
Addressing the situation of his proper leg in February, Woods stated it’s “altered” and that “my right leg doesn’t look like my left, put it that way.”
The significance of the apply spherical final week was for Woods to verify he may stroll 18 holes on the undulating terrain of Augusta National and nonetheless be capable to get well within the days that adopted. That he was returning Sunday was a great signal.
Can he win once more? That could be thought-about extra unbelievable than his final Masters victory.
Woods has performed the Masters 21 instances as a professional, and it’s the one main the place he has by no means missed the lower.
In his final aggressive spherical at Augusta National, he made the best rating of his profession — a ten on the par-3 twelfth gap by hitting three balls in Rae’s Creek — solely to birdie 5 of the final six, together with the final 4 in a row.