Tiger Woods To Make Masters Return 14 Months After Car Crash

The 15-time Major winner has confirmed a spectacular comeback at The Masters

Tiger Woods celebrates winning the 2019 Masters
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Tiger Woods intends to play in the 2022 Masters, confirming an incredible comeback following his near-career-ending car crash in Los Angeles last February.

"As of right now I feel like I am going to play, as of right now," he said in his pre-tournament press conference. "I'm going to play nine holes tomorrow. My recovery has been good."

The 15-time Major winner will make his first competitive start on the global scene since November 2020's delayed Masters, 16 months ago. He wowed the sporting world in December when finishing 2nd at the PNC Championship with son Charlie, where he rode in a cart for the 36-hole family tournament in Florida.

The hype was building for Woods' comeback after sources reported him practising at Medalist Golf Club in Florida with caddie Joe LaCava last week, before footage emerged of his private jet landing and taking off in Augusta, Georgia on Tuesday 29th March.

Woods was said to be heading to Augusta National, where he played 27 holes with Charlie and Justin Thomas, to test out if he could walk the famously undulating course. Well, clearly he liked what he felt and numerous figures state that his game is "all there" as he seeks to win his 16th Major and first since the 2019 Masters, where he completed one of sport's greatest comebacks following a spinal fusion surgery in 2017.

Tiger Woods poses with 2019 Masters trophy whilst wearing the famous 'Green Jacket'

Woods won his fifth Masters title in 2019

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Woods has won five Masters titles, in 1997, 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2019. He is three short of Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 Major titles and is currently tied with Sam Snead for the most PGA Tour wins in history with 82.

He is already the most bet on golfer ahead of the tournament as the excitement builds for his long-awaited return.


Elliott Heath
News Editor

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!

Elliott is currently playing:

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