Tiger Woods 'Will Exhaust Every Effort' To Make Masters Return

The 15-time Major winner is eyeing a return at next week's Masters, if his body can handle it...

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Tiger Woods will "exhaust every effort" to make a spectacular return to professional golf next week at The Masters according to the Golf Channel's Todd Lewis.

Rumours continue to ramp up on a potential return for the five-time Masters champion and 15-time Major winner, who is reportedly heading to Augusta National this week to see if his body is able to cope with the stresses of walking the famously undulating course. A video clip emerged of Woods hitting a drive at Medalist Golf Club in Florida recently where he was reportedly walking the course, crucially not using a golf cart, and had his caddie Joe LaCava there with him.

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All signs point to Woods being hopeful of teeing it up but he is yet make a decision. We do know that he will be at the Champions Dinner on Tuesday and potentially even play in the traditional Wednesday Par-3 Contest.

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The American appears determined to play in the year's opening Major after his horrific car accident last February in LA, which left him needing a rod inserted into his leg and screws and pins in his ankle.

He played in the PNC Championship with son Charlie pre-Christmas where the Woods duo came close to winning the title but eventually ended up just shy of the Dalys in second place. He has since downplayed his return and said he intends to come back to the PGA Tour but will never play a full schedule again.

Woods won The Masters in 1997, 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2019. His last victory came at the 2019 Zozo Championship in Japan, which was a record-equalling 82nd PGA Tour title.

The Masters field is currently finalised barring the potential addition of the Valero Texas Open winner. It remains to be seen whether Woods opts to keep his spot - we should know more very soon.

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 team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five 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 off of a six handicap. 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:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H1

Irons: Mizuno MP5 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Srixon Z Star XV