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
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.

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