Tiger Woods appears to be doing everything in his power to return for the 2022 Masters. The tournament begins at Augusta National Golf Club next Thursday, April 7.
Per reports, the five-time Masters champion arrived at Augusta National on Tuesday morning with the intent of playing a practice round. Woods, 46, has not played in an official PGA Tour event since the 2020 Masters. Of course, that year’s installment took place in November due to COVID-19.
Woods likely made the trip up from Florida to gauge how well his body handles the grueling walk of Augusta National. During the Genesis Invitational in February, Woods told Jim Nantz of CBS that walking would be the biggest challenge in his return. Woods did finish up that conversation by adding “You’ll see me on the PGA Tour, I just don’t know when.”
Woods was involved in a serious car accident in February 2021, which resulted in multiple broken bones and fractures in both legs. ‘Big Cat’ did return for the PNC Championship in December, alongside his son, Charlie, but rode a golf cart throughout the 36-hole event.
Sports Illustrated also reported that Charlie traveled with his father to Augusta National. Close friend Justin Thomas also joined Tiger and Charlie for the practice round on Tuesday.
Unlike other PGA Tour events, Tiger Woods does not have to make a decision for the upcoming Masters until the beginning of next week. Theoretically, he could play a couple more practice rounds in the coming days before arriving to a conclusion.
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