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Tiger Woods probably played his last match at the Open in St.Andrews. There are chances that he will appear at the tournament in 2030, but it seems that they are not too big. “I had a few tears. I’m not one who gets very teary-eyed very often about anything.

But the warmth and the ovation at 18 – it got to me,” Tiger Woods said, as quoted by express. Woods himself confirmed the speculation that this is his last appearance at the Open. Injuries played a big role in the whole story.

“To me it felt like this might have been my last Open here at St Andrews. I’m not retiring from the game but I don’t know if I will be physically able to play back here again when it comes back around.
“I’ll be able to play future Opens, yes, but eight years’ time, I doubt if I’ll be competitive at this level”.

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Joe LaCava: I’m ready to help him

His long-term caddy Joe LaCava spoke about the future of Woods. He is ready to help Woods and do his best to get Tiger back on the golf course. Many hope for the same, but we will see if Woods will be able to return and be the same.

“I won’t do much, I’ll do the same thing. I’ll say ‘Tiger, hey listen, if you’re starting to feel better in October or November, maybe I’ll come down for a couple of weeks [to Florida], we’ll hang out, don’t have to play every day, we don’t have to practice every day, I’ll be there and maybe give you a bit of motivation, we’ll do some playing practice here and there and get ready for the Hero and get ready for the following year of ’23 and get him ready in any respect that he needs.”

Former world No. 1 Naomi Osaka has been granted a wildcard into the Madrid Masters. Osaka, 24, hasn’t played in any clay tournaments so far but will make her clay season debut in early April in the Spanish capital. Osaka, now ranked at No.

35 in the world, is set to make her fourth Madrid appearance. Osaka suffered a first round defeat in her 2018 Madrid debut but a year later reached the quarterfinal at the tournament. Last year, Osaka was beaten in the Madrid second round.

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Osaka plans to learn from Rafael Nadal

Osaka is hoping to make some strong results this clay season and she is hoping to learn a thing or two from studying Nadal’s game on clay. “I’m going to watch a lot of Nadal videos to see how he moves,” Osaka said after Miami.

“Shout out, [Carlos] Alcaraz, because he’s killing it. “I just think that knowing I’m still a student and I have to keep learning, clay and grass is something I really want to tackle this year. So I’m willing kind of to do whatever it takes to get good results.

“Not that results are everything, but I really want to do well.” Osaka, who was recently ranked at No. 80, improved to No. 35 following her Miami run. Osaka is hoping to return to the No. 1 ranking and the clay season is a perfect opportunity to earn some points since she doesn’t have much points to defend this clay season.

“I think by next year or by the end of this year, I would love to be Top 10,” Osaka said after finishing runner-up in Miami. “By next year I would love to be the No.1. “Oh, that’s a big statement. Erase that.

Top 5. You know what? I’m going to set that goal. Top 1, yeah. No.1.”

GOLF fans are still hopeful that Tiger Woods makes a shock appearance at this year’s Masters.

The five-time Green Jacket winner, 46, has been away from the game since February 2021 following a devastating car accident in California.

Tiger Woods

Woods sustained serious leg injuries in the horror smash, which came just two months after he underwent back surgery to fix a long-term injury.

He suffered open fractures to his lower right leg and further injuries to his foot and ankle, with months of rehab required to get him back on his feet.

Woods is automatically included on the Augusta National’s invite list as a former winner, with his last Masters triumph in 2019.

Tiger Woods

And despite having not swung a club competitively in more than a year, he has yet to rule out the possibility of playing in the iconic Major.

Speaking at the Genesis Invitational in late February, Woods was coy on his chances of playing but confirmed he will be in attendance for the annual champions dinner on April 5.

He said: “I don’t know [if I’ll play].

“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!”

With his name still included on the Invitees list with just over a fortnight before the tournament begins, speculation is rife that Tiger could make yet more history on the iconic Augusta greens.

During his stint as host at the Genesis, Tiger outlined how he was preparing to return to the course after such a long lay-off.

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Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods

Woods remains listed as among the current invitees to appear in the 86th edition of The Masters, live from April 7-10 on Sky Sports’ dedicated channel; six-time major winner Mickelson among the past champions not set to play

Phil Mickelson will miss The Masters for the first time since 1994 next month, live on Sky Sports, but could we see Tiger Woods made an unlikely comeback at Augusta National?

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Tiger woods phil mickelson

Mickelson’s name has been removed from the list of competitors for the opening men’s major of the year, with the three-time recipient of the Green Jacket listed as a “past champion not playing” on the tournament’s website.

Some 86 players are currently listed as invitees to the 86th edition of The Masters, with Woods still among those down to compete from April 7-10 despite not featuring in an official PGA Tour event since his last Augusta National appearance in November 2020.

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Woods is an automatic qualifier as a past champion, with his 2019 success his fifth Masters victory and 15th major title, while his name still being on the current list of competing players has fuelled speculation about whether the former world No 1 is close to making a sensational return.

The 46-year-old has gone through extensive rehabilitation since suffering serious leg injuries in a car crash last February, two months on from undergoing further surgery on his back, with Woods’ latest recovery being followed closely by the golfing world.

Woods was seen hitting driver on the range during his role as tournament host at December’s Hero World Challenge, with the 82-time PGA Tour winner then impressing when playing alongside his son, Charlie, at the PNC Championship later that month.

Although Woods has already stated he will be at Augusta to attend the annual Champions’ Dinner on the Tuesday of tournament week, he was non-committal on the possibility of a playing return when interviewed at last month’s Genesis Invitational.

“I don’t know,” Woods said when asked about competing come Thursday at The Masters. “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!”

There is still a strong possibility that Woods may not feature at Augusta National, 25 years on from winning his maiden major at the venue, with just over two weeks for him to decide whether his game is ready to return.

Every day that Woods’ name remains on the invitees’ list, the golfing world will get more excited that Tiger’s return is edging closer.

When will Mickelson return to action?

Mickelson is currently taking a break from golf following the fallout from his explosive comments about the PGA Tour and a potential Saudi-backed rival circuit, with the 51-year-old last competing at the Asian Tour’s Saudi International in early February.

The six-time major announced he would be taking a break from golf on February 22, in apologising for his “reckless” comments, where he accused the PGA Tour of acting like a “dictatorship” and admitted he was using the threat of a breakaway to “reshape” how the Tour operates.

The golfing world had reacted with criticism and dismay to Mickelson’s comments, with Rory McIlroy dubbing his initial words “egotistical and ignorant”, while Mickelson reiterated his belief that golf “desperately needs change” in his apology statement.

“There is the centre mentality that The Masters could protect Phil [Mickelson] and that people are more respectful, the fans are more respectful and question are more filtered there, but they can’t protect Phil from the locker room,” Eamon Lynch told Golf Channel’s Golf Today show.

“It was striking to me in the past couple of weeks on the ground, at The Players and the Arnold Palmer Invitational, that there is nobody out there siding with Phil [Mickelson].

“When Tiger [Woods] had his issues a lot of people said rightly they are personal issues, they’re for him and his family and they’re nobody else’s business, but it’s a different story here in the Phil Mickelson scenario.

“He is not particularly popular with the players right now and there are a couple of key things coming up for him. Obviously he’s supposed to defend the PGA Championship in May. The defending champion typically does an on-site media day. If you look at last year at Kiawah Island, Collin Morikawa – the winner the previous year – was there for that event on April 13.

“The week after The Masters roughly, give or take, is roughly the timeframe where we’d see whether Phil Mickelson turns up to that event. It’s very unclear at this point, even to the PGA of America, if they’re going to see Phil Mickelson and when.”

Tiger woods phil mickelson
Tiger woods phil mickelson

Tiger woods , phil mickelson