Fourteen months after a car crash that almost led him to lose a limb, Tiger Woods is back and ready to play at the Masters in Augusta National.
In 2021, Woods crashed his SUV into a tree. The vehicle went airborne and landed on its side, NPR reported. The injuries he suffered on his right leg were so severe that doctors considered amputating the leg.
However, as of Tuesday, Woods announced that he is ready to compete at the Masters this Thursday.
“As of right now, I feel like I am going to play,” Woods said at a news conference according to NPR.
“I can hit it just fine,” Woods said to the Daily Mail. “Walking is the hard part. This is normally not an easy walk to begin with. Now given the conditions that my leg is in, it gets even more difficult.”
He added that although the seventy-two holes is going to be a “tough challenge,” it’s a challenge that he is willing to take.
Woods also mentioned that he is satisfied with what he has achieved so far including the 15 majors and 82 wins. Why, then, does he keep coming back to the green?
“I love competing,” Woods told the Daily Mail. “And I feel like if I can still compete at the highest level, I’m going to. And if I feel like I can still win, I’m going to play.”
Fred Couples, who played alongside Woods for a practice session on Wednesday, said he is enthusiastic about Woods’ readiness for this year’s Masters, according to the Bleacher Report.
“He looked the exact same, maybe a little better, a little sharper,” Couples said. “I said it on Monday that he’s not like a lot of us where I’ve been injured, even at age 35, and I go play just to play. He’s not going to do that. He’s won so many times, and he’s just not a guy to go do something mediocre. He’ll compete, and he’ll be ready to roll.”
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