The 2022 Masters is set to take place next week and the tournament could see Tiger Woods (66/1 to win Masters) make a sensational return to competitive action.
Woods suffered serious leg injuries that threatened to bring his career to an end in February 2021 and it has been a long road towards recovery for the 15-time major winner, with his only competitive outing since then coming alongside his 12-year-old son Charlie at the 36-hole PNC Championship in December.
The 46-year-old used a buggy to get around the course for that event, but he could now be ready to make his PGA Tour return after being included as one of 91 participants for next week’s Masters, despite concerns the Augusta course could prove too hilly at this stage of his recovery.
That speculation has intensified after it was revealed Woods completed a practice round at Augusta alongside his son and world number seven Justin Thomas on Tuesday, with the understanding being the former world number one was testing out whether he would be able to cope with the rigours of the opening major of 2022.
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If Woods does tee it up next week in Georgia, then it will not be the first time he has completed a sensational comeback at the Masters, as he landed his 15th major title at Augusta in 2019, 11 years on from his last success in one of the big four events.
This year’s event will also mark the 25th anniversary since Woods’ first major victory at the Masters in 1997 and in total he has won five Green Jackets. However, if he does produce a competitive performance next week, that would arguably be one of his greatest achievements.
Woods’ focus may be on proving his fitness for the Masters, but there is one more PGA Tour event to come ahead of the opening major of the year, with the Valero Texas Open set to get underway on Thursday.
Rory McIlroy (15/2), who will be bidding to complete the career Grand Slam by winning the Masters next week, is one of the big names teeing up at TPC San Antonio.
Defending champion Jordan Spieth (14/1) will also expect to feature prominently at the top of the leaderboard, as will 2021 Masters winner Hideki Matsuyama (16/1), who will also be looking to become the first player since Woods to defend his title at Augusta next week.
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