AUGUSTA, Ga. — A comeback in contrast to another for Tiger Woods would possibly get started on the Masters.
Just over 13 months since Woods broken his proper leg so badly he stated medical doctors thought to be amputation, Woods arrived at Augusta National on Sunday afternoon and warmed up on a spread the place there have been extra photographers than gamers.
Woods hit balls for roughly 20 mins after which were given in a cart and headed to the route, which is closed Sunday afternoon to everybody with the exception of gamers and caddies.
Already a celebrity appeal, the hype over the five-time Masters champion is upper than ever after a violent single-car crash that seemed as despite the fact that it will finish his profession.
Still to come back is the verdict on enjoying.
In a tweet Sunday morning saying he was once coming to Augusta to renew arrangements for the Masters, he stated it’ll be a “game-time decision” whether or not he competes.
The Masters does now not have a company cut-off date to dedicate like common excursion occasions. It is a call for participation match, and gamers generally notify the membership provided that they don’t plan to play.
Tee occasions are printed Tuesday.
“Knowing Tiger the way I know him, if he wasn’t totally like … pretty much feel he has a chance to win, he wouldn’t tee it up,” Mark O’Meara stated. “The thing about Tiger Woods is usually when everybody thinks he can’t do something, that’s when he does it.”
If Woods makes a decision to play — he performed 18 holes at Augusta National 5 days in the past — it might be his first festival in opposition to the arena’s absolute best gamers since Nov. 15, 2020, when the Masters was once moved to autumn as a result of the pandemic.
Photographers and media waited on the some distance finish of the viewing space at the vary close to the caddie area to peer when he would arrive. Woods confirmed up at the different finish, shaking palms with protecting champion Hideki Matsuyama.
Kevin Na and Billy Horschel have been amongst those that came around to shake palms or hug him. Also at the vary have been Sungjae Im, Mackenzie Hughes and Jason Kokrak. Sunday afternoon earlier than Masters week is a quiet time maximum years. Just now not this one.
Woods was once recuperating from a 5th again surgical operation when on Feb. 23, 2021, two days after he introduced the trophy on the Genesis Invitational that he hosts at Riviera, he crashed his SUV over an average on a suburban coastal street in Los Angeles and down the aspect of a hill.
Police estimated he was once going no less than 84 mph in a forty five mph zone.
Doctors stated Woods shattered tibia and fibula bones in his proper leg in more than one places. Those have been stabilized through a rod within the tibia, whilst a mix of screws and pins have been used to stabilize further accidents within the ankle and foot.
Woods stated he spent 3 months immobilized in a makeshift health center mattress arrange in his Florida house. Only then he may get started shifting round on crutches, and in the end he was once in a position to stroll on his personal.
Woods received the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines in 2008 with a double pressure fracture and torn knee ligaments in his left leg. He made it again from a scandal in his non-public existence to turn out to be No. 1 on the earth once more.
Nothing was once extra wonderful than 3 years in the past at Augusta National when he received a 5th inexperienced jacket after 4 again surgical procedures that made him worry 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 certain to shift as to whether he can win.
Per week earlier than Thanksgiving, he posted a three-second video hitting one shot with two phrases: Making growth. Two weeks later on the Hero World Challenge within the Bahamas, a vacation match Woods hosts, he was once at the again finish of the variability at Albany hitting drivers.
The first large marvel got here two weeks later when he performed the PNC Challenge, a 36-hole scramble on a flat Florida route. Woods was once allowed to journey in a cart, some extent he made when there have been gushing observations concerning the state of his recreation. He and his son completed moment when John Daly and his son birdied the closing 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 stated that day.
Addressing the situation of his proper leg in February, Woods stated it is “altered” and that “my right leg doesn’t look like my left, put it that way.”
The importance of the practice round last week was for Woods to make sure he could walk 18 holes on the undulating terrain of Augusta National and still be able to recover in the days that followed. That he was returning Sunday was a good sign.
Can he win again? That would be considered more improbable than his last Masters victory.
In his closing aggressive spherical at Augusta National, he made the absolute best rating of his profession — a ten at the par-3 twelfth gap through hitting 3 balls in Rae’s Creek — solely to birdie 5 of the closing six, together with the closing 4 in a row.