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Tiger Woods has flown back to Florida after his Augusta National 'scouting mission' with his Gulfstream private jet leaving Georgia at 5.47pm Eastern Time.
Eagle-eyed golf fans tracked his private jet and were buoyant when it arrived in Georgia shortly after 9.30am. Several sources confirmed that he played a practice round alongside his son, Charlie, and fellow-American, Justin Thomas.
Sources previously revealed that Woods was planning a journey to Augusta National after he was spotted walking Medalist Golf Club in a bid to step up his preparations and exhaust every effort to make a dream return to the Masters.
The 15-time Major champion remains ‘listed in the field’ as per the tournament’s official website and whilst the American does not have a formal deadline in which to inform Augusta National representatives of his decision, one is expected soon.
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In the three instances where Woods has missed the Masters, he had informed the golfing world of his decision before the tournament week; with the latest being the Friday prior.
The 46-year old has not played competitive golf since sustaining serious leg injuries in a car accident in February last year. His last competitive round came at the Masters in 2020 where he finished T38.
Woods has won the Masters on five occasions, a feat only bettered by Jack Nicklaus with six. He remains the youngest winner of the tournament when he triumphed in 1997 at just 21-years of age. In 2019, he became the second oldest to win at the age of 43; something again only bettered by Jack Nicklaus.
The 82-time PGA Tour winner has spent the most consecutive weeks (281) and most total weeks (683) at the top of the Official World Golf Ranking but Scottie Scheffler shattered two of his other records when he reached the ascendency after his WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play victory.
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.
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