Tiger Woods will decide whether or not to make his long-awaited comeback at The Masters. This will 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 practice round at Augusta National on Tuesday. It was 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 practice at Augusta.
Woods is due to conduct a news conference at Augusta National on Tuesday at 11 a.m. local time. He will reveal much more about his fitness and whether or not he still plans to compete.
Woods arrived in Augusta by private jet from Florida, where he lives, at around 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. He has been undergoing hard rehabilitation on his surgically reconstructed right leg since his sport-utility vehicle tumbled off a Los Angeles area.
He strolled onto the Augusta National practice range, dressed in a coral shirt, black slacks, and black shoes. When his right foot landed on the grass, his walk was slightly stilted, but when he swung the golf club, he looked smooth, pushing off his right foot to successfully balance on his left foot to complete the swing.
Last week, Woods also played a practice round at Augusta National. The 15-time major champion has a reputation for willpower in the face of adversity, and based on his swings on Sunday; he seemed to have recaptured some of his golf brilliance.
However, playing at Augusta National, a long course famed for its punishing elevation changes, could prove to be a difficult task. Curtis Strange, the two-time US Open champion who is now an ESPN golf analyst, termed Augusta National “the hardest walk in golf” during a conference call with media on Wednesday.