Can Tiger Woods Cap Incredible Recovery With a Masters Victory?
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Golf legend Tiger Woods told reporters Tuesday he plans to play in the Masters, which tees off more than 13 months after the car crash that almost cost him his right leg.
It's great news for Tiger fans and the golf world in general just to see the 46-year-old in the fold at Augusta National again.
Woods has been candid about the difficult recovery process he's gone through and how he knows he can't return to playing a full PGA tour schedule.
His foot injuries were extensive and he used a cart in his return to golf at the PNC Championship last December.
It remains to be seen if Woods can walk a full course for four consecutive days. Certainly he has made a remarkable recovery, but his right foot and leg is still no where near 100% healthy.
Last week, the Sports Injury Central doctors detailed why Woods isn't worth a bet at the Masters. Despite the great comeback story, playing is a long way from competing. He started +5500 in golf odds this week, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, but rose to +4800 Tuesday after announcing he would play.
At Augusta on Sunday he hit at the driving range and practiced his short game. On Monday, he played nine holes and plans to play nine again on Wednesday.
He is scheduled to tee off at 10:34 a.m. ET on Thursday alongside Louis Oosthuizen and Joaquin Neimann.
The glass half-full approach would say he certainly is looking like he's going to play and preparing for it. The glass half-empty approach would say he knows his limitations on his ankle and therefore is not golfing full rounds in anticipation of all the walking to come.
Perhaps he already knows he can make it through four days of walking a notoriously difficult course to walk, but is just being careful.
Woods has done the unexpected medically before. He's had five spine surgeries, including a fusion, and been able to come back to win at The Masters.
With over a year off on a hilly Masters course it would be a incredible accomplishment in his storied career to be at the top of his game and finish among the world's best golfers.