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The Masters 2022: Electrifying comeback!! Tiger Woods seen practicing. His return to Augusta National would be ‘phenomenal’ Rory McIlroy insists.

The Masters 2022: Electrifying comeback!! Tiger Woods seen practicing. His return to Augusta National would be ‘phenomenal’ Rory McIlroy insists.

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy golf moments 

 

Speculations of Tiger Woods possible return to action in the Masters increased after he was seen playing a practice round at the Augusta National.

 

Rory Mcllory who saw Tiger Woods at Augusta says he is “looking great” and that he’s “ doing everything he can to play at the Masters.” He also adds; “if he does play it would be a monumental achievement from where he was last year.

 

Recall that the 15-time major winner Tiger Woods has not featured in a PGA Tour event since a tied-38th finish at the Masters in November 2020 and has yet to return to action since requiring surgery on open fractures in a life threatening car crash last February. Although Woods played with his son Charlie in the PNC Championship in December, he is yet to  confirm whether he will play in the opening men’s major of the year and is unable to put a timetable on his return when asked during the Genesis invitation last month.

 

After the 49-years-old  reportedly played a practice round at Augusta on Tuesday, speculations were fuelled that the five-time Masters Champion could be set for a sensational comeback with Mcllroy welcoming the idea that Woods could feature again next week.

“I think for golf and the Masters tournament and everyone, to have Tiger [Woods] there would be phenomenal,” said McIlroy.

Rory McIlroy

“I spent some time with him at his house a few weeks ago. At that point it didn’t look possible. He’s definitely made a lot of big strides over the last few weeks.”

I saw him yesterday [Tuesday] at Augusta and he looked great. He said, ‘I’m just seeing what’s going to happen here, if I can make it around 18’.” Walking 18 around Medalist is not like walking 18 at Augusta

 

“He is being conservative but he is doing everything he can to see if he can play. If he does it would be a monumental achievement from where he was last year.”

“And everyone would love to see him there regardless, if he plays or doesn’t play, goes to the Champions Dinner, plays the par-three, whatever it is. Having Tiger Woods in the game again is great for all of us. It’s great to see him back and just considering playing next week is a great thing.”

 

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Woods first Masters triumph, by a record 12 shots, in 1997, giving him a special reason to attend the annual gathering of former champions.

He could also choose to play in the pre-tournament par-three contest on April 6, having previously said he would be fit enough to manage the nine holes. “I can do that now,” Woods said during his press conference at last month. “Whether I do that or not, I don’t know.”

On whether a Woods return would surprise McIlroy, the Northern Irishman added: “It’s not even being somewhat healthy, it’s also what he has to do before the round and after the round just to get himself ready to go and play golf. Yeah, the sheer will and perseverance, it is incredible.

 

“If he comes back from this again, it’s just, he likes to prove people wrong, he likes to prove himself wrong, I think. Regardless of when he does come back, whether it’s next week or a few weeks, few months down the line, he’s a wonderful addition to the game and the game of golf is better when he’s playing and when he’s playing well.”

 

Ilori wonderful

Ilori Wonderful is a scratch golfer and a senior golf writer with years of experience. He is the founder, 9jagolf.com.ng, and brain behind the (Golf2Streets) an NGO for grassroot golf development in Africa. What began as a grad school hobby is now a top golf blog in Nigeria, with thousands of readers coming to his site for easy and reliable golf news. His first blog was published in 2016 on naijagolf.simdif.com. He has also worked and published articles as guest golf writer with the likes of Thenation.ng, www.nannews.ng, sokonnect.com, TheAfricantour.com etc. He is known for his honest and genuine golf reporting.

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