August, Georgia – Tiger Woods says there will be a “decision on game time” on whether he will participate in the 86th Masters, which is set to begin on Thursday.
The 46-year-old Woods posted the information on Twitter on Sunday, writing that he would return to the Augusta National Golf Club, “to continue training and practice.” Sources told ESPN that Woods played Tuesday’s 18-hole practice round at Augusta National.
Today I will go to August to continue my training and practice. It will be a decision during the game whether I will participate. Congratulations to 16-year-old Anna Davis on her amazing victory in the tournament @anwagolf and good luck to all the kids in @DriveChipPutt.
– Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) April 3, 2022
Woods also congratulated Anna Davis, a teenager who won the Augusta National Women’s Amateur Tournament on Saturday.
The five-time Masters champion has not played for more than a year after suffering a serious injury in a car crash near Los Angeles that nearly doctors amputated his right leg. He last competed in the final round of the Masters 2020, which was played in November of that year due to a coronavirus pandemic.
Woods ’return to golf will take place on the 25th anniversary of his first victory at the Masters in 1997, when he won with a record 12 throws, scoring a tournament-record 18 throws below 270 in four rounds.
The Masters have no firm deadline to attend or cancel the tournament, giving Woods time until Thursday to make a final decision.
This would not be the first time Woods has returned to professional golf at Augusta National after a long break. After several knee and back surgeries Woods won the 2019 Masters in his first major championship in 11 years.
Five of Woods ’victories at the Masters rank second in history; Jack Nicklaus won the green jacket six times between 1963 and 1986. The 15 major Woods championships are also in second place after 18 at Niklaus.
“I think for golf and for the Masters Tournament, and for everyone, having a Tiger will be phenomenal,” Rory McIlroy told reporters in San Antonio earlier this week at the Valero Texas Open. “I think it only adds to the events. Obviously it does. Everything Tiger Woods does in a game of golf is amplified every time he’s there. I mean, it would be great for him to be there.”
On Tuesday, Woods played a training round at Augusta National with his son Charlie, a PGA Tour player and close friend Justin Thomas.
The game at Augusta National is considered one of the most challenging walks in professional golf because of its length, hills and slopes. After that round, a source told ESPN that Woods “really, really wants to play” in the Masters.
Bad weather is forecast for Augusta on Tuesday and Wednesday, so Woods and other players will probably try to get to training on Sunday and Monday.
Woods has been working for more than a year to restore strength in his right foot and right foot. He was seriously injured in the crash that overturned on February 23, 2021. The SUV he was driving crossed two lanes of oncoming traffic, crashed into a curb and uprooted a tree on the descent to the Rolling Hills Estates, near Los Angeles. He was wearing a seat belt, and officers found him still sitting in the SUV.
He was taken to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in an ambulance with open fractures in the upper and lower tibia and fibula of the right leg. He told reporters at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas in late November that doctors nearly had to amputate his right leg.
“That’s changed,” Woods said during a press conference before Genesis Invitational in February. “My right leg is not like my left, so to speak.”
Less than two months ago, Woods said he was disappointed with the speed of his recovery.
“I wish I could tell you when I play again,” Woods said. “I want to know, but I don’t know. My golf activity was very limited. I can beat and beat very well and also beat short irons very well, but I didn’t do any long things seriously. I’m still working.
“I’m still working on part of the walk. My leg was a little damaged there about a year ago, so walking is something I’m still working on, working on strength and development. It takes time. What is sad is not in my schedule. I want to be in a certain place, but I don’t. I just need to keep working. I’m getting better, yes. But like I said, not at speed and rate what I would like. You also add an age factor. You just don’t heal so quickly, which is frustrating. “
During a February news conference, Woods said he focused on chipping, supplies and hitting short irons, but was unable to do too much with the driver because his right leg was not strong enough.
Since then, the deleted video appeared about a week ago as Woods plays at the Medalist Golf Club in Houb Sound, Florida.
Woods had previously experienced significant pain. At the 2008 U.S. Open in Tory Pines, he won his 14th major championship title, defeating Rocco Mediate in a sudden death after an 18-hole playoff. Woods later revealed that he had been playing all week with two stressful shin fractures and a ruptured PKS in his left knee. He was injured returning too early after arthroscopic knee surgery after the 2008 Masters.
He underwent reconstructive knee surgery just over a week after the U.S. Open and missed the rest of the season.