In a press conference on Tuesday morning at Augusta National, Tiger Woods told the world he intends to play this week in the 2022 Masters. Woods has not played in an official PGA Tour event since the 2020 Masters in November after suffering serious injuries in a car accident.
“As of right now, I feel like I am going to play,” Woods simply stated. “As of right now”, the five-time Masters champion emphasized.
Woods has been seen at Augusta National taking part in several practice rounds recently along with his son, Charlie, close friend Justin Thomas, and PGA-tour legend Fred Couples. According to multiple reports, Woods has looked healthy and been able to play well throughout his practice rounds and range sessions.
“I can hit it just fine,” Woods added in his press conference. “I don’t have any qualms about what I can do physically from a golf standpoint. It’s now, walking’s the hard part. This is not an easy walk to begin with. Now, given the condition that my leg is in, it get’s a little more difficult.”
Woods’ single-vehicle accident that occurred February 2021 left him with broken bones and fractures in both legs. In fact, Woods’ injuries were so severe that doctors considered right leg amputation before reassembling the limb with a rod, pins, and screws.
The potential four-day walk through Augusta always appeared to be the largest challenge for Woods’ return, which is likely why he deemed himself a “game-time decision” on Sunday afternoon. But after going through a couple of practice rounds without any setbacks, Woods feels like he will be good to go by Thursday morning.
How’s He Feeling?
When asked about his thoughts on winning the Masters for a sixth time in his historic career, Woods provided a vintage ‘Big Cat’ response.
“I love competing,” Woods said. “I feel like if I can still compete at the highest level, I’m going to… I don’t show up to an event unless I think I can win it.”
While the chances of Woods actually competing throughout the tournament are slim, it would not be too surprising to see him at least make it to the weekend rounds.
Woods has made the cut in each of his 21 professional appearances at The Masters and has a whopping 14 top-10 finishes. More so than any other week on the PGA Tour, Augusta National also tends to favor players with vast knowledge and experience on the course. While being a notoriously difficult track, Woods should feel quite comfortable with all his previous success down in Augusta, Georgia.
“It’s been a tough, tough year… but here we are.”
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