tiger woods golf expresses gratitude after completing his Masters comeback and confirms his participation at The Open.
tiger woods golf vowed to participating in The Open at St. Andrews in July and indicated he could play in the PGA Championship next month after ending a week at the Masters that didn’t seem imaginable less than 14 months ago.
Woods went up the 18th hole at Augusta National Golf Club to cheers as he played in his first official competition after being gravely wounded in a car collision near Los Angeles on Feb. 23, 2021.
Woods said he’ll reflect on the week and be grateful.
“I keep saying that, but I’m doing it,” Woods remarked. “I really am. I really am. “It’s just that I’ve gotten to this stage.”
Woods did not get the desired objectives. The 15-time major winner, who has five Masters titles to his name, claimed earlier in the week that he expected to win another green jacket, but he ended way off the pace after shooting 6-over 78 in each of his last two rounds. Those were his two worst rounds at the Masters.
Woods, 46, will have to be content with making the cut in his first official tournament in almost 17 months. More crucially, his surgically repaired right leg held up when he played 72 holes on one of the world’s most difficult golf courses.
“I don’t think words can really convey it given where I was a little more than a year ago and what my chances were at the time to finish up here and be able to play in all four rounds,” Woods said. “I didn’t sure whether I could pull this off even a month ago.” I believe it was a good, and I’ve got some work ahead of me that I’m looking forward to.”
Woods informed Sky Sports after his round that he expects to compete in The Open at St. Andrews in July. He hasn’t decided whether to compete in the PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in May or the U.S. Open at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, in June.
“It’ll simply be the main events,” Woods said. “I’m not sure whether it will be Southern Hills or not.” But I’m looking forward to seeing St. Andrews. That is something close to and dear to my heart. It’s the home of golf, and I’ve won two Opens there. I’ll be there since it’s my favourite golf course in the world. But I’m not sure about anything in between. Without a doubt, I will attempt. This week, I’ll attempt to be ready for Southern Hills, and we’ll see what this body can accomplish.”
Woods’ limp got more noticeable after beginning with a 1-under 71 on Thursday, and he seemed to run out of energy. His 72-hole total of 13-over 301 was his best in 24 professional outings at the Masters; his previous worst was 6 over in 1996, his second amateur participation. It was Woods’ first over-par result in the last two rounds of a major title since he was 13 over at the 2013 U.S. Open.
Woods started the day considerably better than he did on Saturday. He parred the first hole and then birdied the second, a par-5. Woods had 229 yards to the hole after a 335-yard drive. He hit his second shot right behind the green and then putted to 3 feet.
But then Woods had three straight bogeys on Nos. 4, 5, and 6, the first time in 94 rounds at Augusta National that he had bogeys on those three holes.
Woods’ tee shot on the fourth hole, a par-3, landed in a greenside bunker. He missed a 12-foot par putt. On the next hole, he dropped his club on his second iron shot. His ball landed short and to the right of the green, leaving him unable to get up and down for par. In four rounds this week, Woods was 4 over par on the 495-yard fourth hole.
Even though he wasn’t able to play the way he intended, Woods was glad to be back at Augusta National. Bryson DeChambeau, a fellow PGA Tour golfer who missed the cut, stayed and walked Woods’ round on Sunday.
“This whole tournament has meant so lot to me and my family,” Woods added. “[If] you go back to the year I was born, [that] was the year when Lee Elder became the first Black player to play in the Masters.” Last year, he was an honorary starter. He was there when I won in 1997. “Here I am, twenty-five years later, playing again.” It means a lot to me, because there’s no other location, no other major, where we can play in the same stadium. St. Andrews is obviously close to my heart since it is the home of golf, and I’ve won a couple of Opens there, but we rotate. This is unique. All of the great champions have ever played here.”