- Tiger Woods is teeing it up in the 2022 Masters.
- His decision to play in the year’s first major defies all odds.
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Tiger Woods is officially playing in the 2022 Masters in what will be his first competitive tournament in over 500 days and his first since his car accident in February of 2021.
During his press conference at Augusts National on Tuesday, Woods’ exact words were “as of right now I feel like I am going to play.”
About two weeks before the April 7 start date of the Masters there were zero signs that Woods was even trying to play in the year’s first major. The last time Woods talked about his recovery process and plans moving forward came in mid-February when he said he still has “a long way to go” and that he was “still working on the walking part.”
All signs pointed to him only showing up to Augusta National for the Champions Dinner during tournament week, but then things started happening the week prior to the start of the tournament.
The Build-Up To Tiger Woods’ Decision To Play In The 2022 Masters
A video was shared on social media of Tiger Woods playing his home club Medalist on March 27. Not only was Woods playing, but his caddie Joe LaCava was in the video as well. A report suggested Woods and LaCava had been walking the course quite often prior to the video leak.
Shortly thereafter it was reported that Woods would be flying to Augusta to essentially give his body a test run at Augusta National, one of the hardest walks in golf.
On Tuesday, nine days prior to the opening round of the tournament, Woods arrived at Augusta National and reportedly played 18 holes alongside his son Charlie and Justin Thomas.
At that point in time, it was clear that Woods was doing everything in his power to tee it up in this year’s Masters.
That theme continued into the weekend when Woods announced that he’d be traveling back up to Augusta on Sunday and that it would be a “game-time decision” whether or not he played. He officially made his decision two days prior to Thursday’s opening round.
Woods’ body – and his right leg he feared he may lose after his car crash – is reacting and recovering well enough for him to give it a go at Augusta, clearly. All reports from his Sunday practice round were incredibly positive.
It’s only fitting that Woods’ latest comeback effort will come at the home of his first major championship victory. The 2022 Masters is the 25 year anniversary of Woods’ first Masters win in 1997, which was his official coming-out party as he won the tournament by 12 shots.