When Does Tiger Woods Need To Decide On Masters Return?

Tiger Woods will soon arrive in Augusta with a decision on his 2022 Masters expected soon

Tiger Woods and caddie deliberate shot at the Masters
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With the news of Tiger Woods’ arrival in Augusta, the golfing world holds its breath on his decision. Will he play, won't he and when will we find out?

Whilst Woods and his team continue to deliberate, the five-time Masters champion doesn't have an official deadline on when he must inform tournament officials. Entry to the Masters is by invitation only therefore Woods is deemed to be playing until he informs Augusta National representatives otherwise; which explains why he is still listed as 'in the field' on the official website. The 46-year old can go right up to the eve, or even the day of, the tournament should he wish.

That may be the technicalities of the situation but Woods has set a form of precedent himself. In 2014, he was unable to compete in the Masters after sustaining a back injury earlier in the season that would ultimately require surgery. The American announced that to the world on 1 April. Back injuries continued to plague him, forcing him out of the Masters in 2016 and 2017 - something he announced via his website on the Friday before the tournament.

With the 15-time Major champion now in Augusta and actively going through his preparations to determine whether he can play or not, if history is anything to go by, we can expect an announcement almost imminently.

Woods had previously said it was "too early" to decide whether he is able to compete at the Masters and was initially said to be eyeing a return to competitive golf in 2023. Regardless of whether Woods decides to compete, he will be present at the Champions Dinner on the Tuesday before the tournament, with his nameplate also being recently spotted on the scoreboards that are scattered around Augusta National.

James Hibbitt

James joined Golf Monthly having previously written for other digital outlets. He is obsessed with all areas of the game – from tournament golf, to history, equipment, technique and travel. He is also an avid collector of memorabilia; with items from the likes of Bobby Jones, Tiger Woods, Francis Ouimet, Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Adam Scott and Ernie Els. As well as writing for Golf Monthly, James’ golfing highlight is fist bumping Phil Mickelson on his way to winning the Open Championship at Muirfield in 2013. James grew up on the east coast of England and is the third generation of his golfing family. He now resides in Leeds and is a member of Cobble Hall Golf Club with a handicap index of 1.7. His favourite films are The Legend of Bagger Vance and Tin Cup.