Tiger Still Has a “Chance” to Play The Masters


Tiger Woods hasn’t given the public much clarity on his recent health issues, or usually anything in general for that matter, but one thing we know for sure is that he will be attending the Champions Dinner Tuesday night of Masters week. Whether or not he’ll tee it up on that Thursday remains to be seen.

Fresh off his book signing appearance in NYC, the four-time Masters champion recently sat down with Steve DiMeglio from USA Today to discuss his status for the year’s first major. 

“I do have a chance to play,” Woods said. “I’m trying everything I possibly can to get to that point. I’m working, I’m working on my game. I just need to get to a point where I feel like I’m good enough, and I’m healthy enough to do it. …

“I’ve been a part of so many Masters over the course of my career, I know exactly what it takes to get ready for that event. Now it’s my job to go out there and get ready. I hope I can.”

Woods said he has been practicing, but not playing rounds of golf.

“It’s building, but I still have a little ways to go,” he said. 


One advantage Woods does have is his knowledge of Augusta National.

“Because I know how to prepare for it, and I know the golf course, I know where to miss it, I know where to play from, I know where the advantages are,” he said. “It’s almost like cramming for a final. I know the golf course, I know the subject, I know the material, now I just need to go out there and do it. That makes a big difference, whether or not I would come back and play a U.S. Open or a British Open or a PGA. It’s so much easier coming back for this particular event because I know the golf course.”

Woods said that if he can’t play the Masters, he remains committed to returning to competitive golf in the future.

“Absolutely,” he said. “I will be at Augusta, either way.”

Here are his full comments:

[USA Today]


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