Don’t close the door on Tiger Woods playing the 2022 Masters just yet.
Woods is still on the mend after a devastating car accident that nearly left him without one of his legs. Although he was spotted training and even playing in a two-day tournament last year, it is still unclear if he will play in the first major of 2022.
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Although he has returned to the links in recent months, the five-time Green Jacket winner may still be a long way from returning to the course to play competitively.
But, there is a glimmer of hope that he could return to Augusta to play in the Masters next week.
Here is the latest information on Woods’ status:
Is Tiger Woods playing in the Masters in 2022?
Tiger Woods has not said one way or another if he will play in the 2022 Masters tournament, which is due to start on Thursday, April 7.
As it stands, Woods’ name remains on the list of competitors who will participate in the tournament, but the club will not remove names from its list of golfers unless specifically requested to do so.
In February, Woods said he was still working on getting in shape for the competition. Video released over the weekend showed Woods walking the course at Medalist Golf Club in Florida, fueling speculation that he might make the effort to play Augusta.
Tiger Woods looks pretty good with a medal, don’t you think??? pic.twitter.com/Mpjv0XF6xn
— Amanda Rose (@AmandaGolf59) March 27, 2022
Adding to speculation that Woods could be playing, online flight trackers noted that a jet belonging to Woods landed in Augusta on Tuesday morning. ESPN’s Mark Schlabach reported that Woods played 18 holes at Augusta National on Tuesday with his son, Charlie, and close friend and fellow PGA Tour pro Justin Thomas.
“He played every single one of them,” a source told Schlabach. “He looked good to me.”
Rory McIlroy, who has six top 10 finishes in 13 Masters appearances but has yet to claim a green jacket, expressed his excitement over his friend’s possible return.
“It’s amazing,” said McIlroy, marveling at Woods’ progress. “I spent some time with him a few weeks ago at his house – at that time it didn’t seem possible. He has definitely made great progress over the past few weeks. I saw him yesterday in Augusta – he looked great. But he was still quite… “I just see what’s going to happen here. I’ll see if I can do it around 18.”
“He’s doing everything he can to see if he can play… It would be a monumental achievement.”
— Golf Today (@GCGolfToday) March 30, 2022
Walking Augusta is no easy task, and its imminent return may depend on how easy the main course is to walk.
He’s very conservative, but he’s doing everything he can to see if he can play. If he does, it would be a monumental achievement from where he was at this time last year. And everyone would like to see him there regardless. To have Tiger Woods in the game again is great for all of us.
Woods has been on the comeback trail since a car crash in February 2021 that required emergency surgery. He has played in only one PGA Tour event since the accident, the 2021 PNC Championship.
The last time Woods competed in the Masters was in 2020. Defending his magnificent title from the previous year, he finished tied for 38th.
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Woods is still, apparently, a long way from competing at the top level, but he seems to be making progress.
He finished second in the two-day PNC Championship in December alongside his son, losing to John Daly and his son, John Daly II.
In February, Woods opened up about his recovery, saying he was still on the mend.
“I can play warrior golf on the weekends, it’s easy,” Woods said. “But being able to be here and play, call it six rounds of golf, a practice round, pro-am, four days of competition, that’s the cumulative effect of all of that. I’m not able to do that yet. . I’m still working to get to this point.”
Woods nearly had his leg amputated after the accident, but has recovered quickly since, training and playing ever since.
Woods also clarified that if and when he returns to the PGA Tour, it will be on a limited schedule.