Tiger Woods, who was in a tragic automobile accident in Los Angeles 14 months ago that almost lost him his leg, announced Tuesday that he hopes to compete in this week’s Masters competition, which would mark the golf legend’s comeback to competitive play.
Woods, a five-time Master’s champion, said today at a press conference that he will play a last practice round on Wednesday before making a final decision, but that he intends to compete in the major, which begins on Thursday.
“As of right now, I feel like I’m going to play,” Tiger tells the media.
Woods had said Sunday that it would be a “game-time decision” on playing in what would be his first tournament since November 15, 2020 — the final round of The Masters. Three months later, on February 23, 2021 while still recovering from back surgery, he was travelling at a high rate of speed when crashed his SUV near Pacific Palisades in L.A., sending it down an embankment. He suffered multiple leg fractures, and later told Golf Digest that “There was a point in time when, I wouldn’t say it was 50/50, but it was **** near there if I was going to walk out of that hospital with one leg.”