Golfing superstar Tiger Woods announced on Tuesday that he plans to play in the coveted 86th Masters, which marks the first time he will compete in a competitive golf tournament since being injured following a car accident l ‘last year.
“For now, I feel like I’m going to play,” Woods told a news conference, adding that he thinks he can win the tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia which begins. this Thursday.
During his storied career, Woods has appeared in the Masters a total of 23 times, compiling five victories in total. Woods trails only golfing legend Jack Nicklaus in total Masters wins, as the latter has six green jackets. Woods won the tournament in 1997, 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2019.
Newsweek has compiled a list of some of Woods’ most memorable moments from his previous Masters appearances.
In 1995, Woods made his Masters debut as an amateur and finished tied for 41st shooting five over par. In his book, The 1997 Masters: my story, Woods spoke about his first official day at the tournament. On his first round, Woods hit a shot that went off the green, which he called “one of the most embarrassing moments I can remember”.
“Great start to my career at Augusta,” Woods recalled, according to Golf.com. “Hitting the green in regulation, then hitting my first putt off the green.”
Woods won his first Masters victory in 1997 aged 21 and won the first green jacket of his career. He finished the tournament at 18 under par, leading the rest of the field by 12 strokes. In a now iconic video, Woods was seen hugging his dad Earl after the win.
2001 and 2002
After his first Masters victory in 1997, Woods won back-to-back Green Jackets in 2001 and 2002.
Before his victory in 2001, Woods won the US Open, the British Open and the PGA Championship in 2000. Woods finished the 2001 Masters by draining a birdie putt on 18 to finish the tournament 16 under par. The Masters victory made him the first player to win four consecutive major golf tournaments.
A year later, Woods won his third Masters championship, joining golf greats Nicklaus and Nick Faldo in back-to-back victories.
In the opening rounds of the 2005 Masters, Woods outscored Chris DiMarco by six strokes, but eventually scored seven straight birdies, giving himself first place heading into Sunday’s final round.
Woods landed one of golf’s most iconic shots on the 16th hole on the final round, during which he tossed the ball to the left side of the green to birdie the hole. He eventually won the 2005 Masters after beating DiMarco in a sudden-death playoff.
After 14 years without a win at Augusta and many doubting he would win again, Woods came back strong with his fifth Masters win of 2019.
Wearing his iconic Sunday red jersey, Woods finished the tournament at 13 under par. After his win, footage showed Woods rushing to his family and lifting his son Charlie into the air in celebration.