With a brief matter posted to his website, Tiger Woods finished conjecture about his evident destiny Friday by announcing he would play in subsequent week’s Masters contest in Augusta, Ga. Now, conjecture will spin fundamentally to a state of his bum back, his conduct and his golf game.
Woods, a four-time Masters champion, hasn’t played competitively given withdrawing due to behind stiffness during a initial turn of a Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego on Feb. 5, citing “glutes” that “never stayed activated.” The week before, he shot a career-high 82 in a second turn of a Waste Management Phoenix Open, blank a cut by 11 strokes.
Woods announced on Feb. 11 that he would not lapse to foe until he felt he could be rival again opposite a best golfers in a world.
In his matter Friday, Woods pronounced a Masters is “obviously really critical to me, and we wish to be there. I’ve worked a lot on my diversion and I’m looking brazen to competing. I’m vehement to get to Augusta and we conclude everyone’s support.”
Three weeks ago, when Woods skipped a Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando – a contest he had won 8 times — there seemed to be small possibility of his entering a Masters. But conjecture over his intentions began to whirl when a Augusta Chronicle reported on Tuesday that a private craft with a tail array relating that of Woods’s Gulfstream was spotted during a Augusta airport.
Woods, it incited out, played 18 holes during Augusta National on Tuesday to exam a state of his game. After he reportedly played another 18 holes Friday, he apparently motionless he was fit to compete.
Woods, 39, won a final of his 4 Masters titles in 2005. He finished fourth in both 2011 and 2013, though was forced to skip a 2014 contest following behind surgery. That behind medicine also kept him out of a U.S. Open; he returned for a British Open and finished 69th – a display that still represents a final time he has played a full 4 rounds in a tournament. He missed a cut in a PGA Championship, afterwards took 4 months off.
“If he does play Augusta, this is a make-or-break week for him,” Golf Channel researcher Chris DiMarco, who mislaid in a playoff to Woods in a 2005, pronounced during a discussion call progressing this week. Woods had “the strongest mind I’ve ever seen, though it’s [becoming] mental, and if it doesn’t get bound we don’t know if he can overcome it.”
The competition will be examination Woods’s brief diversion with sold scrutiny. During a 47 holes he has finished in 2015 – 36 in Phoenix, 11 in San Diego – he suffered surpassing struggles with his chipping and pitching, strike a array of chunked and bladed shots around a greens that had observers observant he was pang from a “chipping yips.”
“Given what we’ve seen, it’s unthinkable to me that in this brief duration of time, he would have been means to come to any arrange of docile turn of brief game,” Brandel Chamlbee, another Golf Channel analyst, pronounced during a teleconference. “I review where people pronounced it wasn’t a ‘yips.’ You can call it whatever we want, though it’s catastrophically bad, what we saw.”
DiMarco pronounced he was doubtful Woods withdrew from a San Diego eventuality due to his back. “He was broke to be out there,” DiMarco said. “I consider there was something wrong [with his] game, and he couldn’t take caring of it.”