The world has been on alert for the past few days as we wait for Tiger Woods to announce whether he will play the 2022 Masters at Augusta National. After rumors swirled last week given that Woods was seen training at home from the medalist in South Florida, Now spotted in Augusta, Georgiaafter making a trip to the master’s site.
Woods is said to be in town with his son Charlie and his friend Justin Thomas, According to Sports Illustrated. Augusta National plays Tuesday to try to get some prep work ahead of the 86th edition of the tournament. It was previously reported that Woods was joined by the pack, Joe LaCava, in the medal for some rehearsals; However, he was actually boyfriend and girlfriend Rob McNamara who walked with Woods, according to a source told CBS Sports.
Of course, none of this means that the five-time Masters champion has officially decided to take part in the tournament, but it sure is a lot of smoke to have a fire either, especially from someone with those green jackets in 23 backs. .
Woods has not played in an official tournament since the 2020 Masters, which was held in November, which preceded him having another back surgery at the beginning of 2021 and his horrific car accident in late February 2021. He said recently that his accident nearly lost his right leg.
Tiger was adamant to be patient with his return to golf. Despite playing in the PNC Championship with Charlie in December 2021, he refused to commit to any specific timetable for returning to the PGA Tour. Instead he insisted that any schedule he plays in the future will be limited.
When asked in February about whether he would be in the Masters by Jim Nantz on CBS, Woods only confirmed that he would be there on Tuesday for the Champions Dinner. And while it now looks like he could be there for much more, this potential comeback is a break from what Woods would expect.
The 15-time master winner has always insisted he only plays golf tournaments to win them, but he also admitted that it took months and months before he was ready to win the 2019 Masters. He should know he doesn’t have a realistic chance of winning the Masters title this year, which would hint that he’s there to celebrate it rather than slipping on a green jacket.
This should be celebrated, of course, because the tournament Tiger Woods attends is always better than the tournament he’s absent, but it’s definitely different from what we’ve come to expect from Woods.
In 23 matches for the Masters, Tiger has racked up five wins and an astonishing 14 top-ten finals.