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Tiger Woods says he's preparation to amuse oneself the Masters

Tiger Woods says he's preparation to amuse oneself the Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Tiger Woods says, for now anyway, he's preparation to amuse oneself this week inside the Masters, a little additional than a year following almost losing a lower limb inside a automobile crash.

The five-time champion at Augusta National made the announcement Tuesday morning. He will amuse oneself nine additional practice holes on Wednesday earlier to making a final decision, nevertheless will exist doing so accompanied by the intention of playing Thursday.

"As of just now," Woods said, "I be in touch exist fond of I'm going to play."

Woods was asked if he believes he tin come first in this week. "I do," he said.

"I tin hit it fair fine," Woods added. "I don't have some qualms concerning what I tin do physically from a golf standpoint. It's now, walking's the firm part. This is not an uncomplicated stroll to starting with. Now specified the condition that my lower limb is in, it gets a little additional difficult. And 72 holes is a lengthy road. It's going to exist a durable be brave enough with every one other accompanied by a be brave enough that I'm up for."

There had been prosperity of signals inside recent days that Woods was on the cusp of deciding it was hour dated to amuse oneself again. He came to Augusta National for a practice circular last week, at that hour dated returned Sunday — saying he'd exist "a game-time decision" — with every one other accompanied by Monday for more. On Tuesday morning, accompanied by bad weather inside the forecast, he spent prosperity of hour dated inside the practice areas.

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"It's great to exist back," Woods said.

He's scheduled to tee off Thursday at 10:34 a.m. accompanied by Louis Oosthuizen with every one other accompanied by Joaquin Niemann. That threesome plays on one occasion additional Friday starting at 1:41 p.m.

Woods played inside December at the PNC Challenge, a 36-hole scramble on a flat Florida way where he with every one other accompanied by his son Charlie finished following to John Daly with every one other accompanied by his son. Woods was allowed to use a cart inside that event, with every one other accompanied by when those rounds were over he flatly dismissed some idea that his game was tour-ready again.

"I can't take part opposed to these guys just now, no," Woods said on Dec. 19. "It's going to lay clasp of a a large amount of labour to obtain to where I be in touch exist fond of I tin take part at these guys with every one other accompanied by exist at a high level."

About 3-1/2 months later, Woods apparently feels differently. If he plays, he'll exist inside the Masters for the 24th time; he's finished inside the top five 12 times inside his foregoing 23 appearances.

"I deep affection competing," Woods said. "I be in touch exist fond of if I tin still take part at the highest level, I'm going to. And if I be in touch exist fond of I tin still win, I'm going to play. But if I be in touch exist fond of I can't, at that hour dated you won't see me not here here."

Thursday's opening circular would mark the earliest hour dated Woods competes opposed to the world's finest players since Nov. 15, 2020, which was the final circular of that year's pandemic-delayed Masters.

He had his fifth spine surgery set of two months subsequent with every one other accompanied by was still recovering from that on Feb. 23, 2021 when he crashed his SUV over a median on a suburban coastal highway inside Los Angeles with every one other accompanied by down the side of a hill.

Woods' injuries from that crash were so severe that doctors considered just lower limb amputation, earlier to reassembling the limb by placing a rod inside the tibia with every one other accompanied by using screws with every one other accompanied by pins to stabilize additional injuries inside the ankle with every one other accompanied by foot.

"It's been a tough, durable year ... nevertheless here we are," Woods said.

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