AUGUSTA, Ga. — A comeback not like every other for Tiger Woods would possibly begin on the Masters.
Just over 13 months since Woods broken his proper leg so badly he mentioned docs thought of amputation, he tweeted he was headed to Augusta National on Sunday with out but deciding whether or not to play.
“I will be heading up to Augusta today to continue my preparation and practice. It will be a game-time decision on whether I compete,” Woods wrote.
The Masters doesn’t have a agency deadline to commit like common tour occasions. It is an invite match, and gamers sometimes notify the membership provided that they don’t plan to play.
Tee occasions are revealed Tuesday.
If Woods decides to play — he performed 18 holes at Augusta National 5 days in the past — it might be his first competitors in opposition to the world’s greatest gamers since Nov. 15, 2020, when the Masters was moved to autumn due to the pandemic.
Woods was recovering from a fifth again surgical procedure in early 2021 when on Feb. 23, two days after he offered the trophy on the Genesis Invitational that he hosts at Riviera, he crashed his SUV over a median on a suburban coastal street in Los Angeles and the automobile tumbled down the facet of a hill.
Police estimated he was going at the very least 84 mph in a forty five mph zone.
Doctors mentioned Woods shattered tibia and fibula bones in his proper leg in a number of areas. Those have been stabilized by a rod within the tibia, whereas a mixture of screws and pins have been used to stabilize further accidents within the ankle and foot.
Woods mentioned he spent three months immobilized in a makeshift hospital mattress arrange in his Florida dwelling. Only then he may begin shifting round on crutches, and ultimately he was in a position to stroll on his personal.
Woods received the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines in 2008 with a double stress fracture and torn knee ligaments in his left leg. He made it again from a scandal in his private life to change into No. 1 on the earth once more.
Nothing was extra wonderful than three years in the past at Augusta National when he received a fifth inexperienced jacket after 4 again surgical procedures that made him concern he would possibly by no means stroll once more.
That he’s even considering enjoying on this Masters is outstanding in its personal proper. If he can, questions are positive to shift as to if he can win.
Every week earlier than Thanksgiving, he posted a three-second video hitting one shot with two phrases: Making progress. Two weeks later on the Hero World Challenge within the Bahamas, a vacation occasion Woods hosts, he was on the again finish of the vary at Albany hitting drivers.
The first large shock got here two weeks later when he performed the PNC Challenge, a 36-hole scramble on a flat Florida course. Woods was allowed to trip in a cart, a degree he made when there have been gushing observations in regards to the state of his sport. He and his son completed second when John Daly and his son birdied the final gap.
“It’s going to take a lot of work to get to where I feel I can complete against these guys and be at a high level,” Woods mentioned that day.
Addressing the situation of his proper leg in February, Woods mentioned it’s “altered” and that “my right leg doesn’t look like my left, put it that way.”
The significance of the observe spherical final week was for Woods to verify he may stroll 18 holes on the undulating terrain of Augusta National and nonetheless be capable of get better within the days that adopted. That he was returning Sunday was an excellent signal.
Can he win once more? That can be thought of extra inconceivable than his final Masters victory.
Woods has performed the Masters 21 occasions as a professional, and it’s the one main the place he has by no means missed the minimize.
In his final aggressive spherical at Augusta National, he made the best rating of his profession — a ten on the par-3 twelfth gap by hitting three balls in Rae’s Creek — solely to birdie 5 of the final six, together with the final 4 in a row.