by: Bobby Oler, Marni Hughes
(NewsNation) – Barely a year after a car accident broke both his legs, Tiger Woods is back in contention at the Masters. A physiotherapist says it’s “remarkable” he’s come this far so soon.
“It just goes to show that Tiger is unlike anyone else,” said Dr. Zachary Walton, National Director of Quality and Research at PT Solutions Physical Therapy.
On Thursday, Woods shot a par 1 under, leaving him in a tie at nine for 10th. He still has three rounds to go for his sixth Masters victory and his 16th major championship.
The fact that a 46-year-old man is in this position is unique. Woods’ injuries – both from the car crash and wear and tear from decades of play – make this an unprecedented event.
Walton says Woods probably doesn’t find the swing too difficult, but each lap also includes walking the full course, which is more than four miles. He said it’s like someone running a marathon.
“Augusta is a very hilly course,” Walton said Thursday on “NewsNation Prime.” “Now we’ll see how he handles the mile-long walk up those hills day after day and continues to compete at a high level.”
After Thursday’s round, Woods said, “I’m as sore as I expected to feel.”
The next challenge will be to make that pain worse with up to three more rounds.
“At the end of [Thursday’s] around he had a few temperamental workouts and it may have to do with fatigue,” Walton said. “There is no one who has set a precedent for an injury like this.”