The Tiger Woods’ Masters hype is reaching a fevered pitch.
The five-time champ is playing a practice round at Augusta on Tuesday to gauge how how his physique reacts to enjoying the course, SI.com studies. If all goes easily, Woods might play in The Masters subsequent week.
The hypothesis has been rising for weeks as Woods remained on the sphere checklist and was not on the reported group of previous champions who have been sitting out.
Golf Channel’s Todd Lewis has now added extra gas to followers’ hopes that Woods might play within the Masters, which tees off on April 7 — simply 9 days from now.
“This is a critical week for (Woods) to see if his body can sustain 72 holes at Augusta National. He will exhaust every effort to play The Masters,” Lewis tweeted on Monday.
Then on Tuesday, TW Legion — a Woods-focused Twitter account — showed footage of Woods touchdown in Augusta Regional Airport.
Woods has not performed a conventional PGA Tour occasion since struggling important leg accidents in late Feb. 2021. He did tee it up along with his son Charlie at the PNC Championship, with the 2 in rivalry on Sunday, although Woods was in a position to make use of a cart for that occasion.
Video emerged of Woods working towards at The Medalist golf membership on Sunday, although it’s unclear what that observe session consisted of. He has appeared sturdy in movies that he has posted of himself swinging, however the greater concern appears to be his means to stroll the 7,000-plus yards of a course.
Woods has spoken with warning when requested about potential returns to a PGA Tour occasion.
“I don’t know,” Woods stated in a February interview with Jim Nantz at Riviera. “I can hit balls. The onerous half is definitely strolling; that’s going to take a while. I’m going to need to put within the effort and time at dwelling and do all of the seaside walks and stroll golf programs.
“It’s very easy at Medalist to hop in a cart and whip around and play a quick 18 or 36. It’s a little different deal than being out here with these guys and walk up and down the hills. The ankle mobility, over time the ankle swells, foot swells, leg swells. That’s just time.”