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Woods announced his intentions Tuesday during a press conference two days before the first round of the Masters tournament is scheduled to begin. He has not participated in a high-profile golf event since the 2020 Masters Tournament.
Woods is still chasing Jack Nicklaus’ master record. Nicklaus has 18 major titles while Woods has 15. “The Golden Bear” tweeted that he was happy to see Woods give it a try.
“I am delighted to hear that Tiger will be trying it out at the Masters,” Niklaus said in a statement. “Given where his life was 17 months ago, this is an incredible feat. It only reinforces the passion for leadership and work ethic that Tiger has always had. Know that while in a different place in his life, Tiger wouldn’t be able to do it if he didn’t believe he was. He can compete and win.”
He continued, “Tiger knows this golf course like the back of his hand, and in 2019, once in office, remember how he wins. If his body holds up, can he do it again?”
Woods was asked if he thought he could win this weekend. His simple answer: “I do.”
He added, “I can hit it just fine. I don’t have any qualms about what I can do physically from a golf point of view. Walking is the hard part. This is usually not an easy walk at first. Now given the circumstances ‘that my legs are in’, it becomes more difficulty. Seventy-two holes is a long way and it will be a tough challenge. And a challenge I face.”
As of now, he’s scheduled to take off at 10:34 a.m. ET on Thursday with Louis Oosthuizen and Joaquin Niemann. He said he will make nine more pits on Wednesday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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