Tiger Woods Ends Speculation With Major Announcement On His Website
Reported by Ryan Brennan
After a week of doubt, speculation, and debate over the likelihood of Tiger Woods returning, golf lovers finally got their answer. Woods ended the talks via his website on Friday, where he confirmed that he will make a return to the Masters. The major golf event will take place next week.
Tiger Woods has been seen working on his game and getting some thorough practice in before the match. On Tuesday, the 39-year-old enjoyed an 18-hole practice round at Augusta National. The legendary golfer was also seen on the practice range at the club on Friday morning.
Woods stated on his website, “I’m playing in the Masters. It’s obviously very important to me, and I want to be there. I’ve worked a lot on my game, and I’m looking forward to competing. I’m excited to get to Augusta, and I appreciate everyone’s support.”
Woods was last seen competing on February 5, when he competed in the Farmers Insurance Open. The four-time Masters champion was forced to leave the match early, which took place at Torrey Pines, due to tightness in his lower back. He left after the eleventh hole, after struggling with his chipping game.
Before the Farmers Insurance Open, Woods missed the cut at the Phoenix Open. He shot a career-high 82. When he tees off at the Masters on Thursday, he would’ve gone nine months without entering a competition.
Woods has endured a lot of obstacles in his life. In 2010, he was forced to miss five months of competing due to some personal issues. Although it led to one of the greatest downfalls in the sport of golf, he still managed to finish in fourth place that year.
After being faced with more injuries and going through yet another coaching change, Woods has been experiencing a lot of scrutiny this year regarding his game. He is currently sitting at No. 104 as far as the world rankings go. That is the lowest rank he has been placed in since the week before he got his first victory.
Woods’ last tournament win took place at the Bridgestone Invitational. In addition, he hasn’t seen a top-ten finish since 2013. He was unable to make it to the Masters last year, due to back surgery that alleviated a pinched nerve. After four months, he started to endure more back pain. He decided to sit the next four months out in order to fully recover.
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