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
Elliott Heath

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x