Five-time Masters winner Tiger Woods has expressed doubts as to whether he will be a contender in this years tournament at Augusta National as he is still recovering from a car accident that caused several serious injuries and hampered his mobility. Despite this, Woods believes his past success ” speaks to the incredible resilience of his game, noting that “people probably didn’t think I was a threat in 2019,” but he still won the tournament. He is aware that his age and physical limitations could force him to his final Masters, and is savoring the opportunity to “cherish the memories.”
Due to his physical condition, Woods is particularly impressed by world number one Scottie Scheffler and his caddie Ted’s preparation and knowledge of the Augusta course. “The teamwork between player and caddie is so important here with the variables,” said the 47-year-old. Woods expects Scheffler to defend his title due to the guidance he receives from Ted and his recent experience at Augusta.
Woods has attained numerous milestones throughout his illustrious career and become a household name. He won his first Masters in 1997, going on to become only the third player to win in consecutive years in 2001 and 2002, followed by a dramatic comeback in 2005. After major back surgery in 2017, Woods defied the odds in 2019 lifting his 15th major win, standing as a symbol of resilience and determination.
Rory McIlroy also weighed in on Woods’ prospects. According to McIlroy, Woods is the “identifying feature of the Masters” and is admired by many, even more so “if he didn’t have to walk up these hills.” McIlroy believes Woods’ skills and strategy have the potential to make him a favorite, as long as he can withstand the physical toll.
Woods’ success on and off the course has laid the groundwork for a global phenomenon. His accomplishments have brought greater awareness to the sport, positioning peopele for success on and off the course. Through his inaugural TGR Foundation, Woods is dedicated to making an impactful and lasting difference through youth development. As Woods continues to pursue his 15th major title, the TGR Foundation remains relentless in its pursuit of providing equitable learning opportunities and inspiring encouraging individuals to live their dreams.