Attention golf fans. Former world number one Tiger Woods is planning a spectacular comeback. The golf legend doesn’t just want to play in the Masters, which begins on Thursday. When asked by a journalist if he could win the Masters too, he confidently replied, as always: “I can.”
In any case, the Californian (46) does not lack self-confidence. A week ago, rumors circulated that the five-time Masters champion could compete in the first major tournament of the year. A huge hype was finally triggered by a report about a secret training session at the beautiful facility on Magnolia Lane in the US state of Georgia a week ago. Along with son Charlie and his good friend Justin Thomas, Woods had played all 18 holes on the course. Last Sunday he traveled to Augusta again to resume preparation for the tournament.
However, Woods kept a low profile at the press conference. He spoke of a “tournament-related decision”. In any case, the tournament organizers were in a hurry and fueled the hype even more with a one-minute video clip of Woods’ practice round.
However, crucial questions arose for Woods: How is his right leg? Can he put full weight on his leg, which was broken several times in the accident? Can he walk again without any problems? The par 72 golf course is one of the hilliest courses on the US tour and requires a good portion of fitness from the pros. Woods now seems to have found the right answer for himself.
Fred Couples, the 1992 Masters champion, said: “He looked phenomenal.” After a quick round with Woods, he clarified, “If he can walk around 72 holes here, he’ll be able to keep up. He’s just too good.
There is a special love between Woods and the Augusta National Golf Club. 25 years ago, Woods made golf history at the Masters with his first major win. In 1997, he won his first of five Masters titles by a record twelve shots. Also in 2001, 2002 and 2005 the US star was able to put on the green winner’s jacket. Title number five followed in 2019. After decades of suffering with personal low points, injuries and numerous surgeries, it was one of the greatest and most emotional comebacks in history Sport-Story.
In November 2020 he completed his last official PGA tournament. This was not held on the usual date in spring in the year due to the corona pandemic. Tiger Woods suffered the serious accident in February 2021. Woods drove off the road south of Los Angeles, rolled over several times and suffered complicated fractures in his right leg. He was in the hospital for three weeks and then in a hospital bed at his home in Florida for another three months. Then he started rehab and with it his own preparation for the Masters.