Tiger Woods is BACK! Golf legend completes miraculous recovery when he tees at the Masters just 14 months after high-speed car crash threatened to end his career
- Tiger Woods tees at the 86th Masters just 14 months after high-speed car accident in California
- Woods plays alongside Joaquin Niemann of Chile and Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa
- The five-time winner shocked the world when he arrived at Augusta last week for a practice round
- Woods confirmed he would play Tuesday before admitting ‘I’m here to win’
- Woods saves par at first with a nervous up-and-coming after missing the green with his second shot
Tiger Woods‘Wonderful comeback from a serious car accident was completed Thursday when he stepped down at the 86th Masters at Augusta National.
Wearing a bright pink shirt to match the famous azaleas on the course of Georgia, Woods sent fans into a frenzy when he arrived for his first round on Thursday.
He was a measure of concentration when he first stepped up at 4:04 p.m. to start in his group, but saw with a grimace how he missed the fairway to the right on the opening hole of par-four.
That left Woods with a tricky corner for his second shot, and he saw his approach roll from the front of the green.
In typical Tiger fashion, however, he saved par with a nervous up-and-down, then followed that with routine pars on the next three holes.
People gather to watch the first tee at Augusta National as Tiger Woods tees at the 86th Masters
Woods keeps his head down as he connects with his driver to get on the par-four first hole
The amazing all-time watcher sees his tee shot fly away, where it would end just off the fairway to the right
Woods shakes hands with Louis Oosthuizen’s caddy as he prepares for tea in his first round at Augusta National
Woods seemed to have made his first birdie of his round and tournament on the par-four fifth after he put the chance with a nice approach shot finding the top board of the green from approximately 215 yards out.
The birdie putt looked in line all the way up to the hole and Woods had his putter up in anticipation of the celebration, only for the lip out. A hard break for Woods who had to make amends with parody.
The five-time winner caused uproar last week when he flew to Augusta for a practice round with his son Charlie, after not playing a PGA event since his last Masters appearance 18 months ago.
Woods broke both his legs in a high-speed crash in the south California in February 2021, with his right leg severely injured, resulting in a long and difficult period of rehabilitation.
After feeling comfortable last week and this week after training rounds, Woods confirmed his intention to play on Tuesday – as far as saying he thought he could win the tournament.
“I’m here to win,” he said. ‘I would not be here if I did not think it was possible. I can hit the ball well. I physically have no objections from a golf perspective.
Woods chose to wear azalea pink to match the famous flowers at Augusta National – where he has won five times before
Woods told the media on Tuesday that he was at the Masters to win it because he sees a sixth green coat
‘It’s running now that’s the hardest. You know, 72 holes is a long way and it’s going to be a tough challenge. But it’s someone I’m for. ‘
He added: ‘I’ll know when I can no longer win, and then I’ll hang it up, but now I still think it’s possible.
‘I still have the hands to do it and I can still move. I’ve been in worse situations now than I feel now and won tournaments. ‘
The 46-year-old, who has 15 majors to his name, walked alongside Joaquin Niemann of Chile and Louis Oosthuizen, champion of South Africa 2010 Open, at 16.04 BST, after a half-hour delay at the start of the tournament caused by morning thunderstorms.
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