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Tiger Woods could very well play the Masters this week as speculation has intensified over his status for the tournament following his Augusta National appearance.
Woods has only played in one competitive event since suffering devastating leg injuries in a car accident in Los Angeles in February 2021. He would recover enough to play for the PNC Championship in December, but said that the biggest obstacle he faced was whether he could walk. an entire course.
Woods said he would make a “game-time decision” to play Augusta.
“I will travel to Augusta today to continue my preparation and training. It will be a game time decision if I compete,” he tweeted on Sunday.
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With the potential to play Augusta, read below to remember his time at one of the most famous golf courses in the world.
1995 Beginnings in Masters
Woods got his start as an amateur. He qualified for the tournament after winning the 1994 US Amateur. He was 19 at the time and still attending Stanford. He made the cut and finished 41st in the field.
Victory of the Master 1997
Woods burst onto the professional golf scene in April 1997 and dominated. He definitely beat Tom Kite and Tommy Tolles, shooting a par 18 under. It was the biggest winning margin for any Masters victories and he was the youngest to ever earn the famous green jacket.
Victory of the Master 2001
Woods would win his second green jacket in 2001, narrowly beating David Duval and Phil Mickelson by two strokes. He shot par 16 under to win. The win marked the completion of the so-called “Tiger Slam” in which he held all four majors at once.
Victory of the Master 2002
He would earn his third Masters victory in 2002 and his second consecutive green jacket at Augusta. At the time, he became the third golfer in history to successfully defend his title. He followed in the footsteps of Jack Nicklaus and Nick Faldo.
He recorded a par 12 under for the win, beating Retief Goosen by three strokes and Mickelson by four strokes.
Victory of the Master 2005
Woods would return in 2005 to win the Masters for the fourth time. He outlasted Chris DiMarco in the playoffs to pick up the win. Both finished with par 12 under to qualify for the playoffs.
The chip at the 2005 Masters
Woods had one of the greatest moments in Masters history on his final round at Augusta in 2005. On the 16th hole, Woods landed an incredible chip shot from about 16 feet away. He hit the ball to his left and it kept rolling towards the cup until it hit the lip. The ball took a second to breathe before falling into the hole.
Second place in 2007
Zach Johnson would take center stage among his competitors in 2007. He finished with a par 1 for the tournament and narrowly beat Woods, Goosen and Rory Sabbatini. Each of the three golfers, tied for second place, finished with a par 3.
Second again in 2008
Woods finished three shots behind Trevor Immelman in 2008. Woods shot 5 under par but Immelman was 8 under. Immelman was leading or tied for the lead after every lap.
return of scandal
Woods was playing at the Masters months after the scandal and the fallout from his divorce had been in the spotlight nearly every day since late 2009. He was on the hunt for most of the weekend but only finished tied for fourth with KJ Choi, shooting a par 11 under. Phil Mickelson would win the event with a par of 16 under.
Difficult to pass from 2011 to 2018
A number of injuries had plagued Woods midway through his career. He would not win any Masters tournaments from 2006 to 2019. He finished tied for fourth in the 2011 and 2013 tournaments, but would finish no better than tied for 17th in any of the events prior to 2019. He has made the top 20 in 2015 He will not play in 2014, 2016 or 2017 before making a triumphant return.
Woods stunned the world when he showed glimpses of himself and won the green jacket once again in 2019. He shot a par 13 and beat Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Xander Schauffele with one shot. He was the second oldest player to win the Masters and it was the last major championship he won.
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Woods finished tied for 38th in 2020, the last time he played in the tournament. He appeared to be preparing to play this week, but tweeted on Sunday that it was still a “playing decision”.