Tiger Woods says he will play in the Masters this week

By Steve Keating, Reuters.

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Tiger Woods will play in this week’s Masters and thinks he can win the event for the sixth time for his highly anticipated return to the competition after a car accident last year that resulted in doctors amputating his right leg.

“Right now, I think I’m going to play,” Woods said during his pre-tournament press conference.

The 46-year-old Woods’ decision, which is not unfamiliar to stage a significant comeback, comes after he arrived at the Augusta National on Sunday, when he said he would announce the decision during a game for the Masters on April 7-10.

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The 15-time main champion has not competed on the PGA Tour since the November 2020 Masters, raising serious doubts about his professional golfing future after suffering a serious leg injury in a car accident in February 2021.

Woods said two months ago that he had a “long way to go” to recover but left the golf world on edge after his last visit to Augusta National for practice when his name was on the provisional list of the first major competitors of the year.

While fellow golfers say Woods’ swing looks good, the big question is how his surgically reconstructed leg will hold the Augusta National layout, one of the most taxing walks on the PGA Tour.

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“My personal trainers and surgeons have all said that I can do it again. It’s my job to endure. “I don’t know how many more years I will be able to do that,” Woods said.

Woods is not unfamiliar with playing through pain, which he famously proved at the 2008 US Open, when he won a thrilling play-off with Torre Pines, originally competing with a broken leg.

Woods caped one of the most notable returns to professional sport when, at age 43, he won the Masters in 2019 after undergoing surgery and personal problems that led many to believe he was the best golfer of his generation.

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Masters is the only one of the four major golf courses played annually in the same course and so getting acquainted with the famous layout is always considered an advantage.

He started 23 careers at the Woods Masters, where he finished 14 top-10 and missed just one cut in 1996 as an amateur.

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When asked if he could win the Masters again this week, Woods was very clear.

“I do,” Woods said. “It simply came to our notice then. From a golf standpoint I have no qualms about what I can do physically. That’s the decent thing to do, and it should end there. “


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