The Masters: Tiger Woods’ return to Augusta National would be ‘phenomenal,’ says Rory McIlroy | Golf News


Tiger Woods increased speculation of a possible return to action in The Masters by playing a practice round at Augusta National; Rory McIlroy: ‘No one knows but him [Tiger] if he can pull it off and if he believes he can compete”

Last update: 03/30/22 5:08 p.m.

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Rory McIlroy says the game of golf is better when Tiger Woods is playing, and to feature him at the Masters would be “phenomenal”.

Rory McIlroy says the game of golf is better when Tiger Woods is playing, and to feature him at the Masters would be “phenomenal”.

Rory McIlroy is relishing the possibility of Tiger Woods making a move to the Masters and thinks it would be “phenomenal” to see him return to action at Augusta National.

The 15-time major winner has not appeared in a PGA Tour event since a tied 38th-place finish at the Masters in November 2020, with Woods yet to return to action since requiring surgery on open fractures in a potentially fatal car accident last February. .

Woods played in the PNC Championship with his son, Charlie, in December, but has yet to confirm whether he will play in the first men’s major of the year, with the former world No. 1 unable to put a schedule. when he returned when asked during the Genesis Invitational last month.

15-time major champion Tiger Woods had a practice round at Augusta ahead of the Masters - Sky Sports' Henni Koyack expects his involvement to come late.

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15-time major champion Tiger Woods had a practice round at Augusta ahead of the Masters – Sky Sports’ Henni Koyack expects his involvement to come late.

15-time major champion Tiger Woods had a practice round at Augusta ahead of the Masters – Sky Sports’ Henni Koyack expects his involvement to come late.

The 46-year-old reportedly played a practice round at Augusta on Tuesday, fueling speculation the five-time Masters champion could be set for a sensational comeback, with McIlroy welcoming the idea that Woods could feature again next week .

“I think for golf and the masters tournament and everybody, having Tiger [Woods] that would be phenomenal,” McIlroy said in a pre-tournament press conference ahead of the Valero Texas Open.

Sky Sports News' Dharmesh Sheth discusses the possibility of Tiger Woods making his long-awaited return to action at the Masters.

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Sky Sports News’ Dharmesh Sheth discusses the possibility of Tiger Woods making his long-awaited return to action at the Masters.

Sky Sports News’ Dharmesh Sheth discusses the possibility of Tiger Woods making his long-awaited return to action at the Masters.

“It just adds to the event, of course everything Tiger Woods does in the game of golf is reinforced every time he’s around so it would be great for him to be around.

“He was there yesterday obviously and he’s trying to see what he can do, so obviously nobody knows but him if he can pull it off and if he believes he can compete.”

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Woods has a special reason to attend the annual gathering of former champions as this year marks the 25th anniversary of his first Masters triumph, by a record 12 strokes, in 1997.

He could also opt to play in the pre-tournament par three contest on April 6, having previously said he would be fit enough to handle all nine holes. “I can do it now,” Woods said during his press conference last month. “Whether I do this or not, I don’t know.

Ahead of Tiger Woods' induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame, take a look back at some of the most memorable putts from his record-breaking PGA Tour career.

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Ahead of Tiger Woods’ induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame, take a look back at some of the most memorable putts from his record-breaking PGA Tour career.

Ahead of Tiger Woods’ induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame, take a look back at some of the most memorable putts from his record-breaking PGA Tour career.

On whether a Woods return would surprise McIlroy, the Northern Irishman added: “It’s not even healthy, it’s also what he has to do before and after the round just to prepare for go golfing. Yeah, the sheer willpower and perseverance, it’s unbelievable.

“If he comes back from that, it’s just that he likes to prove people wrong, he likes to prove him wrong, I think. It doesn’t matter when he comes back, whether it’s next week or a few weeks , a few months down the line, he is a wonderful addition to the game and the game of golf is better when he plays and when he plays well.”

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