On Monday he made an appearance at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. to give an announcement regarding the future of his tournament, but he also spoke about whether he’d be ready to compete at Augusta National, according to multiple reports.
“For Augusta it’s actually a little too soon to be honest with you,” he said when asked about his back and the Masters. “That’s kind of the frustrating thing. I’ve had a couple weeks off, working on trying to get ready for Augusta.
“As of right now, it’s still a little too soon and as I said it’s really frustrating.”
Following a news conference announcing that Quicken Loans would be the new sponsor of the PGA Tour event he hosts, which is currently held at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, Woods said he hasn’t been able to hit balls, according to the Washington Post’s Barry Svrluga:
“I’ve been chipping and putting at home,” Woods said. “That’s it. I haven’t done that much. Just listening to my doctors, listening to my therapists.”
Woods said he could play in and contend at the Masters without normal preparation, citing the 2008 U.S. Open — his last major title — as an example. That year, he had knee surgery following the Masters, and played nine holes for the first time on the Sunday before the first round of the Open. In that truncated practice round, he said he lost seven balls.
“I was thinking, ‘Oh, I don’t know how I’m actually going to pull this off,’” Woods said. “So I’ve done it before. Hopefully, that’ll be the case again this year.”
I wouldn’t rule Tiger out of the Masters. Like I said, injured or not, he’s pulled off some crazy stuff before. Now, of course, he’s not 32 anymore and his body isn’t cooperating with him even more so, but if doctors say he won’t injure himself further by playing, then he’s definitely going to compete for his fifth green jacket.
The last major Tiger won was almost six years ago — the 2008 U.S. Open — and the last time he triumphed in the Masters was in 2005.
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