Woods says he will attend Masters but not compete
Five-time Masters champion Tiger Woods will attend the Past Champions Dinner and possibly play the Par-3 Contest but has again reiterated that he remains uncertain if he’ll be teeing up for the first time at Augusta National since 2020.
Woods has competed just once since the events of a year ago that saw him almost lose his life in a car crash and that was at December’s PNC Championship in Orlando where he rode for the two days in a motorised cart partnering with his son Charlie over the host Ritz Carlton course.
Tiger Woods celebrates major No.15 at the 2019 Masters (Credit: PGA Tour)
The 15-time major winner again spent time this week in the commentary box during his role as tournament host at the Genesis Invitational, where he stated he remains unsure when he will return to PGA Tour action.
“You’ll see me on the PGA Tour, I just don’t know when,” said Woods speaking with Jim Nantz. “Though trust me, I’d love to tell you that I will be playing next week, but I don’t know when.”
Woods says he holds ‘hope’ of a return to competitive action, however admitted he’s still a long way from a full recovery and a return to four rounds of competition.
“It’s frustrating in that sense, because I’ve been down this road before with my back when I didn’t know when I was going to come back”, he said.
“It’s hard not to have goals out there – you know, ‘I want to play this event so I can set myself up for that mentally and physically and emotionally.’ I don’t have any of those dates in my head.”
Woods said earlier in the week that he was not recovering as quickly as he would like, although he refused to fully shut the door when asked if there was a chance of him teeing it up at The Masters this April.
“I don’t know,” Woods added. “I’ll be there Tuesday and it will be a great dinner – I don’t know what kind of sushi we are going to have!”
Woods did say he could handle contesting the Par 3 Contest, held on the eve of the Masters.
“I can play that kind of stuff,” Woods said. Though when quizzed by Nantz if that was official confirmation he would play, Woods added: “Hey Jimmy, slow down for a moment.”
One thing Woods confirmed is that he will be attending the March 9th, 2022 induction ceremony at PGA Tour HQ on the eve of the Players Championship.
“In most sports, you go into the Hall five years after you retire from your sport. For us, we are able to actually still continue to play in your sport,” Woods said.
“I still feel like I can still be out here with these guys trying to kick their butts.”