Tiger Woods announced in a press conference Tuesday that he feels like he will play in the Masters starting Thursday at Augusta National. He is officially scheduled to tee off at 10:34 a.m. ET Thursday, in a group with with Louis Ooosthuizen and Joaquin Niemann.
Though Woods still wouldn’t definitively state that he’s playing, he plans on another short warm-up round on Wednesday. It’s possible that he’s simply speaking carefully until he makes it to the start of the tournament with no physical setbacks. But his ideal plans are clear.
“As of right now, I feel like I am going to play,” Woods told reporters (via Washington Post). “I’m going to play nine more holes [Wednesday]. My recovery has been good, I’ve been very excited about how I’ve recovered every day.”
Thursday would mark Woods’ first professional tournament action since the 2020 Masters, back in November of that year. He suffered serious injuries to both legs in a car crash in Feb. 2021, and has been recovering since.
If and when he officially tees off at the Masters, Woods will certainly grab the eyeballs of a number of TV viewers who otherwise wouldn’t have tuned in. The final round of the 2021 Masters drew 9.45 million viewers, significantly more than the 2020 event but down 12.6 percent from the 2019 Masters (10.81 million), which Woods won.
The 2022 Masters begins Thursday, with live TV coverage on ESPN beginning at 3 p.m. ET. The tournament has released the full list of official groupings and tee times, which you can get here.
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