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Tiger Woods plans to compete in the 86th Masters this week, less than 14 months after suffering serious injuries in an horrific car crash in February 2021.

The 15-time major winner, who feared shortly after the accident that his right leg would have to be amputated, has not contested a top-level event since the 2020 Masters..

The 46-year-old, who competed in the PNC Championship with son Charlie last December, played a practice round at Augusta last week and nine holes on both Sunday and Monday.

“As of right now, I feel like I am going to play,” Woods said in his pre-tournament press conference.

Asked if he thought he could win a 16th major title this week, Woods said: “I do.”

Asked what his overriding emotion was on being able to compete at Augusta, Woods said: “Thankful.

“Very, very thankful for everyone’s support, everyone who has been involved in my process and the work I have put in each and every day.

“The amount of texts and FaceTimes and calls I have gotten has meant a lot.”

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Woods said he had been driven by his desire to compete and win again, adding: “I feel like if I can still compete at the highest level I am going to, but if I feel like I can’t, you won’t see me out here.

“I don’t show up to an event unless I think I can win it.”

Woods recovered from spinal fusion surgery in 2017 to win his fifth Masters title two years later.

He finished 38th in the defence of his crown in November 2020 and missed last year’s tournament following his car crash.

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Woods added: “The fact that I was able to get myself here at this point was a success and now that I am playing, everything is focused on getting in that position on the back nine on Sunday with a chance like I did a few years ago.

“I feel like I can still do it. I still have the hands to do it, the body is moving well enough. I have been in worse situations and won tournaments

Meanwhile, a severe storm caused an early halt to Tuesday’s second day of practice for the 86th Masters at Augusta National, with players and spectators cleared from the course.

Inclement weather and safety concerns caused tournament officials to halt the session at 10:55am local time (1455 GMT) with the grounds not to be reopened due to forecasts for more intense storms later in the day.

“The safety of everyone at Augusta National was the determining factor in the decision to suspend Tuesday’s practice round and evacuate the grounds,” Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley said.

Ticket purchasers will be given the chance to buy the same tickets for next year’s second practice day.

“We share in the disappointment of our patrons, though we look forward to welcoming them back next year,” Ridley said.

Sixh-ranked Cameron Smith of Australia, last month’s Players Championship winner, worried heavy rain would spoil conditions at the famed course as Thursday’s opening round looms.

“The course is probably the best I’ve seen. It’s unreal,” Smith said. “Hopefully we don’t get too much rain this afternoon. I think that may ruin the condition of it and the playability of it a little bit.”

Tiger Woods wasn’t ready to officially say on Sunday that he’ll play in the 86th Masters, which is scheduled to begin Thursday at Augusta National Golf Club. But in a statement on Twitter, Woods did say that he’s arriving here Sunday to continue practicing and preparing to play.

Woods, a five-time Masters champion, said it will be a “game-time decision.” It would be his first appearance in a regular PGA Tour event in more than 17 months, after he was seriously injured in a car wreck outside Los Angeles on Feb. 23, 2021. He said doctors nearly had to amputate his right leg.

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Woods captured his first Masters victory 25 years ago, on April 13, 1997.

Course work begins

Reporters weren’t the only ones waiting for Woods at the tournament practice area on Sunday.
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His caddie, Joe LaCava, was there about an hour before Woods. When reporters tried to pry information from LaCava, he responded, “Not even, ‘Hey, Joe, how’s your family? How’s your health?'”

A few minutes later, Ireland’s Shane Lowry, the 2019 Open Championship winner, walked from the parking lot to the practice area.

“I take it I’m not the person you’re all waiting for?” he joked to reporters.

Around 2:40 p.m., Augusta National Golf Club officials began to escort patrons out of the area because the course was closed to the public.

Woods showed up about 40 minutes later, wearing a peach Nike shirt, black pants, black shoes and a black hat. He fist-bumped PGA Tour pro Kevin Na and got a hug from Billy Horschel.

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As Woods hit nearly a full bag of balls, Sungjae Im, who was working to the right of him in the practice area, kept taking peeks to see how Woods was doing. Canada’s Mackenzie Hughes, Max Homa and Jason Kokrak were also in the practice area with him.

Twenty minutes later, Woods was done. He and LaCava, along with Woods’ friend and associate, Rob McNamara, were whisked away in a golf cart. He was apparently headed to the course to play; it was closed to the media so it’s unclear how much on-course work he planned to put in.

What’s with the shoes

Woods hasn’t yet said whether he’s actually playing in the Masters, but he has already caused a stir because of what was on his feet in the practice area on Sunday.

Woods has had a relationship with Nike since he turned pro in August 1996. But he was wearing black FootJoys, traditional golf shoes, while warming up on Sunday. The last time Woods played in the Masters, in November 2020, he was wearing black Nike shoes.

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Nike officials didn’t immediately respond to ESPN’s request for comment on Sunday.

Tiger arrives in Augusta

Tracking Woods’ plane has become a thing. The letters and numbers on the tail of his private airplane — 517TW — were charted all day Tuesday as he worked his way to Augusta. It happened again Sunday after he announced he was headed to the site of the year’s first major.

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So, tracking his plane is over. Now it is about tracking his steps and swings as Thursday’s first round approaches.

So you are saying there’s a chance

All week, the will-he, won’t-he questions kept coming. Once it was discovered that Woods flew in from Florida, with son Charlie, and played a practice round at Augusta National Golf Club on Tuesday, the speculation started. And with each passing day, the frenzy increased. Finally, on Sunday, Woods provided the first official indication of his thinking,


I will be heading up to Augusta today to continue my preparation and practice. It will be a game-time decision on whether I compete. Congratulations to 16-year-old Anna Davis on an amazing win at the @anwagolf and good luck to all the kids in the @DriveChipPutt.

So, tracking his plane is over. Now it is about tracking his steps and swings as Thursday’s first round approaches.

So you are saying there’s a chance

All week, the will-he, won’t-he questions kept coming. Once it was discovered that Woods flew in from Florida, with son Charlie, and played a practice round at Augusta National Golf Club on Tuesday, the speculation started. And with each passing day, the frenzy increased. Finally, on Sunday, Woods provided the first official indication of his thinking,

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Samuel L. Jackson is one of the most well-known actors in the world. But performing and using the f word are not the only thing he is good at. He is an avid golfer who appears in celebrity contests, charity outings and plays with golf pros, presidents, business managers, and even alone if he has to. And once, Jackson beat the famed Tiger Woods at his own sport.

How Samuel L. Jackson ‘technically’ beat Tiger Woods at golf
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Tiger Woods is a world-renowned golfer, a Hall-of-Famer with a career envied by many. Therefore, it goes without saying that beating a golfer of his stature is no mean feat, especially if you are not a professional.

On The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Jackson revealed he “accidentally” beat Woods back in 1998. He was almost 50 years old, and was playing at the famed Scottish course, St Andrews, for the first time, where he was paired with a 20-something Woods in the Dunhill Cup.

“They gave me my 16 shots, and I shot 78 because he suggested that I stay close to him; well, I did that exactly and shot 78, which means I beat him by about eight strokes,” the actor explained.

While Jackson is well known for his tremendous confidence, which sometimes makes him difficult to work with, he didn’t anticipate beating Woods. Still, it remains one of his most outstanding achievements in the golf world.

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Jackson’s passion for golf dates as far back as his time on the big screen. in 2013, he told CNN a group of Los Angeles friends “tricked” him into playing golf. His competitive nature won out. “I didn’t like the fact that they could do something that I couldn’t and I started playing,” the Star Wars actor explained.

Jackson frequently plays in tournaments. He even hosted a charity fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association for years. And he is a regular contestant in celebrity golf competitions such as the Pebble Beach Pro-Am and has played around the globe. However, he does have a favorite course.

“When I was shooting Freedomland, the producer gave me three rounds of golf at Augusta as my wrap gift,” Jackson said, referring to Augusta National Golf Course in Georgia. Notably, many of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies shoot in Atlanta, just a couple of hours from there.

Jackson even plays while he’s on the job

Jackson undoubtedly loves golf. But as a working actor, when does he find the time to play? He writes it into his contract.

“They have to let me play at least twice a week,” the Oscar-winner told CNN. “Generally they either move me onto a golf course or I join a club so I can play there.”

Jackson rubs elbows with more than just golf professionals when he’s on the green. He once recounted seeing Donald Trump cheat at golf. And the TK star told the New York Times he’s played with the likes of Charles Barkley and Kenny G, among others.

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“You learn if a person is patient, if a person is volatile or envious,” Jackson said of the sport. And though he doesn’t always play his best, he’s learned to relax and enjoy the game. After all, he knows he can beat a pro.

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Tiger Woods could still seemingly play in the Masters next month after being included on a provisional list of entrants for the event at Augusta.

Fifteen-time major champion Woods – winner of the Masters in 1997, 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2019 – has not played competitively since a serious car crash in February 2021 and has undergone multiple surgeries.

Masters protocol stipulates that an invited player is listed in the field until they notify organisers they will not be playing, and Woods is apparently yet to make that call.

Phil Mickelson, who won the Green Jacket in 2004, 2006 and 2010, is missing the Masters for the first time in 28 years, with the tournament website listing him as “past champion not playing”.

But Woods’ name remains on the list of entrants, perhaps raising the prospect of him competing.

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Speaking to American broadcaster CBS earlier this year about potentially playing in the Masters, Woods said: “You’ll see me on the PGA Tour [in 2022]. I just don’t know when.”

Mickelson, 51, is taking a break from golf following comments about the PGA Tour and a potential Saudi-backed rival circuit, with his last outing coming at February’s Saudi International.

Tiger’s crash, one year on: What next for Woods?

The prospect of Woods teeing it up in a PGA Tour event in 2022 remains a possibility, a year on from a career-threatening car crash that made him feel “lucky to be alive”, writes Sky Sports’ Ali Stafford.

February 23 marked the first anniversary of Woods’ crash in California, where the leg and ankle injuries sustained were severe enough for him to already rule out a full-time return to competitive golf.

The crash came two months after Woods underwent a fifth surgical procedure on his back, with the lengthy rehabilitation that followed more strenuous than any setback he has previously experienced during his injury-plagued career.

Details about Woods’ condition have been scarce over the past 12 months, with the 46-year-old only speaking publicly on a handful of occasions about the incident, while speculation continues about when – or if – he will be seen playing golf on the PGA Tour again.

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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.

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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.

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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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Paul Casey was asked about not having a signature win in his career. This was his response.

Tiger Woods was on the mind of Paul Casey before the 2022 Players Championship.

Casey arrived at TPC Sawgrass as a 44-year-old top professional still chashing that “signature” win in his career.

Even he thought as much after Paul McGinley’s comments he made about Casey on the Golf Channel were put to the Englishman.

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For all the excellence of Casey in winning multiple European and PGA Tour titles, that standout – legacy defining win – escapes him.
Casey has won 15 times on the European Tour. He’s won three times on the PGA Tour. He’s played a big part of Ryder Cup success stories.

But that major has alluded him. To date, his best finish in one of the big ones came at the 2020 PGA Championship where he finished second.

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His best finish at Augusta National came when he finished fourth at the 2016 Masters. The Open? T3. The U.S. Open? T7.

McGinley’s thoughts were put to Casey during his press conference at the 2022 Players Championship.

“Is Paul right? Probably. I don’t spend too much time thinking about it. It’s his job to talk about it. I don’t disagree with him, though,” he said.

Then Casey’s attention turned to Woods, 46, who was recently inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame at PGA Tour headquarters.

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“Guys have been talking about Tiger a lot this week, obviously, and I reminded — I think Viktor Hovland sat there, and he goes, ‘what was it like?'” said Casey.

“I said, you’ve got to remember, Viktor, I was playing 15 events over here and it was four majors, four WGCs, The Players, Bay Hill, Memorial. There wasn’t a lot of opportunity to win much. And if he didn’t win, it was Vijay or Ernie or somebody else. That’s the way it was.

“I’m very proud of my career has been as long as it has and I’ve still got opportunities to win against the youngsters.”

This is Casey’s 22nd year as a professional, although he is without his trusted caddie Johnny “Long Socks” McLaren.

The pandemic took its toll on the carrier. Did Casey try and talk him into coming back?

“No, I didn’t. Johnny may come back. It was always a sabbatical. It was burnout. More time at home with the family.

“The stresses of flying back to London every weekend, and if he’s going to test positive for Covid and be in a hotel and all that stuff. It was just stressful for him. I’m sure I was stressful for him, too.

“Everybody knows that we finished our six years together better friends than when we started, which is saying a lot.

“In this industry that can’t always be said. We’ve seen a lot of people who are “mutual agreement” or “taking a break,” which we all know is code for somebody got fired.

“Just nobody ever says that, but Johnny and I can generally look anybody in the eye and say, we’re great mates and he just wanted a break, and I fully support that.”