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Tiger Woods Says He Intends to Play the Masters

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Still, Woods conceded that walking Augusta National’s hilly terrain for 4 consecutive days will test the recuperative limits of his right leg, which was surgically rebuilt after his sport-utility vehicle tumbled off a Los Angeles-area boulevard at a high speed on Feb. 23, 2021.

He sustained open fractures, in several places, of the tibia and the fibula in his right leg, injuries that needed to be stabilized with a rod and with screws and pins inserted into his foot and ankle. Woods spent a month in a hospital and was confined to a bed at his Florida home for an additional two months.

Asked Tuesday if he had pain while playing golf, Woods replied: “There may be, each and day by day.”

Woods said he had no misgivings about his ability to play. The fear, he said, was the topographical perils of Augusta and the demands of the 72-hole tournament: “Walking is the hard part.”

Woods is scheduled to play the primary round with Louis Oosthuizen, who finished second on the Masters in 2012 but has never won at Augusta, and Joaquin Niemann, who tied for fortieth finally yr’s tournament.

Woods, who practiced briefly Tuesday morning before heavy rain chased the golfers from the course before 11 a.m., said he planned to play a nine-hole practice round on Wednesday. Woods also played nine practice holes on Sunday and Monday, the second time with Fred Couples and Justin Thomas. Woods was limping more noticeably on Monday than on Sunday. He walked up the numerous hills slowly together with his gait barely more inhibited.

Couples, a longtime friend and a frequent practice-round companion of Woods’s for greater than a decade, agreed with Woods that the sloping, uneven contours of Augusta National would most certainly present the largest challenge to Woods.

“It’s concerning the walking,” Couples said. “It’s brutal to walk, and to go try this after what he’s undergone — whatever it was, 14 months ago — and to be playing today?

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