Woods will play alongside Louis Oosthuizen and Joaquin Niemann in the first two rounds at Augusta National, his first appearance at an official event since The Masters in November 2020; watch throughout the week exclusively live on Sky Sports Golf
By Ali Stafford at Augusta National
Last update: 06/04/22 7:18 p.m.
Tiger Woods has confirmed he plans to make his long-awaited return to action at the Masters on Thursday
Former Masters champion Fred Couples insists Tiger Woods is “ready to roll” for his major comeback after impressing in another practice round at Augusta National.
Woods confirmed at Tuesday’s press conference that he was confident of succeeding in the first men’s major of the year, his first full start since his career-threatening car accident last February.
The former world No. 1 played nine holes with Couples and Justin Thomas on Monday and did the same on Wednesday morning, playing the back nine, with the 62-year-old impressed with Woods’ state of play ahead of his highly anticipated. return.
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“He [Tiger] looked exactly the same, maybe a little better, a little sharper,” Couples said after his ride. “JT was much better too. We flew in on Monday and laughed a lot, but today they were pretty serious. They’re ready to roll, and they’re ready to go tomorrow.
“Tiger is Tiger. I said on Monday that he’s not like a lot of us, where I was injured even at 35 and I’m going to play just to play. He’s not going to do that. He’s won so many times, and he’s just not one to go and do anything mediocre. He’ll compete and he’ll be ready to ride.
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“He doesn’t want to play for the sake of playing. He can play at home. He can enjoy his kids, play with them every day and have the best time of his life, but for me, I still love playing and I will in a tournament once in a while. If I succeed, great. If I don’t, fine.
Woods fueled speculation of a major comeback when he went to practice at Augusta last week, before returning to Georgia for more time on the course on Sunday, after which he said he would make “a decision at game time” on whether he would. compete.
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The five-time Masters champion was the dominant storyline heading into the week at Augusta National, with chairman Fred Ridley relishing the prospect of seeing him back in action.
“As far as Tiger is concerned, I mean, it’s really unbelievable,” Ridley said in his pre-tournament press conference on Wednesday. “I don’t even know how else to put it.
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“I probably would have taken pretty high chances a few weeks or a few months ago, even a few weeks ago, whether he was here or not. But when you think about it, that really shouldn’t surprise us. He’s one of the most determined and dedicated athletes I have ever seen in my life.
“I saw him go out last Tuesday when he was training, he was in good spirits and he had Charlie (Woods) with him. It was interesting yesterday, he said the only real problem was to walk, that his golf swing was fine, so who knows what might happen this week. But we’re glad he’s here.
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