Woods is planning a big comeback a year after nearly losing his right leg to injuries in a car accident.
Golf champion Tiger Woods has said he will compete in this week’s Masters tournament and believes he can win the event for the sixth time in his much-anticipated return to competition following an accident car crash last year that nearly forced doctors to amputate his right leg. .
The five-time Augusta National champion made the announcement Tuesday morning. He will play nine more practice holes Wednesday at the Georgia course in the United States before making a final decision, but said he would do so with the intention of playing Thursday.
“Right now I feel like I’m going to play,” Woods said in his pre-tournament press conference.
The decision for Woods, 46, who is no stranger to staging remarkable comebacks, comes after he arrived at Augusta National on Sunday when he said he would be a game-time decision for the Masters from April 7 to 10.
“It’s great to be back,” Woods said.
The 15-time major champion has not played on a Professional Golfers’ Association of America (PGA) tour since the November 2020 Masters and has cast doubt on his future as a professional golfer after sustaining serious leg injuries .
On February 23, 2021, he crashed his SUV on a median on a suburban coastal road in Los Angeles and on the side of a hill.
Woods’ injuries from the accident were so severe that doctors considered amputating his right leg, before reassembling the limb by placing a rod through the tibia and using screws and pins to stabilize the injuries. additional ankle and foot.
“It’s been a tough, tough year…but here we are,” Woods said.
While other golfers have said Woods’ swing looks good, the big question will be how his surgically reconstructed leg will hold up to Augusta National’s undulating layout, which is one of the most grueling rides in the world. PGA Tour.
“My personal trainers and surgeons all said I could do it again. It’s up to me to take the pain… I don’t know how many more years I can do this,” Woods said.
Woods is no stranger to playing through pain, which he proved at the 2008 US Open, where he prevailed in a thrilling round-robin at Torrey Pines while competing on what was essentially a broken leg.
Woods capped one of the most remarkable comebacks in professional sports when, at the age of 43, he won the Masters in 2019 after enduring years of surgery and personal issues that had convinced many top golfers to his generation.
I will be heading to Augusta today to continue my preparation and training. It will be a game-time decision whether I compete. Congratulations to 16-year-old Anna Davis on her stunning win at the @anwagolf and good luck to all the kids @DriveChipPutt.
—Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) April 3, 2022
“I love competition,” Woods said. “I feel like if I can still compete at the highest level, I’m going to. And if I feel like I can still win, I’m going to play. But if I feel like I can’t , then you won’t see me here.
Woods has made 23 career starts at the Masters, where he finished 14 in the top 10 and missed just one cut, as an amateur in 1996.
Only Jack Nicklaus has won more Masters titles (six) and more Major titles (18) than Woods.
When asked if he could win the Masters again this week, Woods was very clear.
“I do,” Woods said. “I can hit him very well. I have no qualms about what I can do physically from a golf perspective. This is now, walking is the hardest part.