Tiger Woods Plays Augusta National Ahead Of 2023 Masters

The five-time Masters champion was at Augusta National last week for a practice round, Sports Illustrated has confirmed

Tiger Woods plays an iron shot
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Tiger Woods was at Augusta National last week for a practice round according to Bob Harig of Sports Illustrated, although popular Twitter account TW Legion has since claimed the report "wasn't accurate".

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Nevertheless, according to the original report, Woods played the famous venue on Thursday last week during the Players Championship opening round ahead of his 25th Masters appearance next month.

The 15-time Major champion has won at Augusta five times, including his first and last, to date, Major victories in 1997 and 2019. He also won the Green Jacket in 2001, 2002 and 2005.

He scouted out the course where he made his Major return last year following his LA car crash in February 2021, with Woods making the cut and finishing in 47th place at 13-over-par.

Woods will have seen the newly-extended par 5 13th hole at Augusta last week for the first time, with the famous dogleg-left hole finally being lengthened ahead of this year's tournament. A new tee was built on the iconic par 5, with the yardage increased by 35 yards from 510 to 545 for the 2023 Masters.

It's unknown who Woods played with, although two-time Masters champion - winner in 2012 and 2014 - Bubba Watson was also reportedly at Augusta last Thursday.

Tiger Woods after winning the 2019 Masters

Woods won his fifth Green Jacket in 2019

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Rory McIlroy was said to be on-site on Monday this week, as was defending champion Scottie Scheffler. No pros will be there today as it is reportedly the club's spring jamboree.

It's the second known visit to a 2023 Major venue made by Tiger Woods this year, after he toured Los Angeles Country Club during the week of the Genesis Invitational at Riviera.

Woods was said to have driven the US Open venue's layout in a cart. He missed last year's US Open in preparation for the 150th Open at St Andrews but is expected to play in all four of this year's Majors.

The PGA Championship in May takes place at Oak Hill Country Club in New York, with the Open Championship returning to Royal Liverpool Golf Club in July, scene of Woods' 2006 triumph when he won his third Claret Jug. 

This year's Masters is set to be one of the most anticipated in memory, with PGA and DP World Tour stars facing off against LIV Golf players for the first time since July's Open Championship.

A total of 16 LIV players will be in the Masters field, including past Masters champions Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson, Patrick Reed and Sergio Garcia as well as Major champions Cameron Smith, Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau.

Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

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