Tiger Woods Still Hopeful Over Masters Return

Tiger Woods provided an update on how his recovery from a fifth back surgery is progressing

Tiger Woods Still Hopeful Over Masters Return

Tiger Woods provided an update on how his recovery from a fifth back surgery is progressing

Tiger Woods Still Hopeful Over Masters Return

After undergoing back surgery for the fifth time at the end of last year, Tiger Woods has provided an update on his health during the PGA Tour broadcast of the Genesis Invitational.

“I’m feeling fine, I’m feeling fine,” Woods told Jim Nantz with a smile on his face.

“I’m a little stiff. I have one more MRI scheduled so we’ll see if the annulus is scarred over finally and see if I can start doing more activities.

“But still in the gym, still doing the mundane stuff that you have to do for rehab, the little things before I can start gravitating towards something a little more.”

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The big question is whether Woods will be fit for the Masters in April and, while the 15-time major winner and five-time Masters champion is hopeful, he also urged caution, insisting he won’t rush his recovery to the detriment of his long-term health.

“God, I hope so,” Woods said. “I’ve got to get there first.

“A lot of it is based on my surgeons, my doctors, my therapists and making sure I do it correctly because this is the only back I’ve got and I don’t have much more wiggle room there.

“The plan is, right now, just to go and get the MRI and if the annulus is sealed and scarred over then we can start progressing.”

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Despite being unable to play any golf, Woods has been tinkering with his equipment in a bid to alleviate the strain placed on his body as much as possible.

“I have lengthened my putter.

“Starts with that so I don’t have to bend over so far.

“I’ve gone to the same length as my sand wedge because I do a lot of putting drills, blading - hitting the equator with my sand wedge and I figured, well, if I do a lot with that, why not lengthen my putter to the same length, so I did and it helped.”

Andrew Wright
Staff Writer

A lifelong golf fan, Andy graduated in 2019 with a degree in Sports Journalism and got his first role in the industry as the Instruction Editor for National Club Golfer. From there, he went on to enjoy a spell freelancing for Stats Perform producing football reports, and then for RacingNews365 covering Formula 1. However, he couldn't turn down the opportunity to get back into the sport he grew up watching and playing and now covers a mixture of equipment, instruction and news for Golf Monthly's website and print title.


Andy took up the game at the age of seven and even harboured ambitions of a career in the professional ranks for a spell. That didn’t pan out, but he still enjoys his weekend golf at Royal Troon and holds a scratch handicap. As a side note, he's made five holes-in-one and could quite possibly be Retief Goosen’s biggest fan.


As well as the above, some of Andy's work has featured on websites such as goal.com, dailyrecord.co.uk, and theopen.com.


What's in Andy's bag?

Driver: Callaway Mavrik Sub-Zero (9°)

3-wood: TaylorMade M1 (15°)

Driving iron: Titleist U500 (17°)

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro '19 (4-PW)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (50°, 54° and 58°)

Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport 2.5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1