Tiger Woods is BACK! Golf legend completes miraculous recovery as he tees off on the Masters simply 14 months after high-speed car crash threatened to finish his career
- Tiger Woods tees off on the 86th Masters simply 14 months after high-speed car crash in California
- Woods is taking part in alongside Chile’s Joaquin Niemann and South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen
- The five-time winner shocked the world when he arrived at Augusta for a observe spherical final week
- Woods confirmed that he would play on Tuesday, earlier than insisting: ‘I’m right here to win’
- Woods saved par on the first with a nerveless up-and-down after lacking the inexperienced along with his second shot
Tiger Woods’ miraculous comeback from a critical car crash was accomplished on Thursday when he teed off on the 86th Masters at Augusta National.
Wearing a vivid pink shirt to match the well-known azaleas on the Georgia course, Woods despatched followers right into a frenzy as he arrived forward of his first spherical on Thursday.
He was a measure of focus as he stepped up first to tee off in his group at 4.04pm, however watched with a grimace as he missed the green to the best on the par-four opening gap.
That left Woods with a difficult angle for his second shot, and he noticed his strategy roll off the entrance of the inexperienced.
In typical Tiger style, nevertheless, he saved par with a nerveless up-and-down, then adopted that up with routine pars on the following three holes.
Crowds collect to look at on the primary tee at Augusta National as Tiger Woods tees off on the 86th Masters
Woods retains his head down as he connects along with his driver to get underneath approach on the par-four first gap
The all-time nice watches his tee shot fly away, the place it might end simply off the green to the best
Woods shakes palms with Louis Oosthuizen’s caddy as he prepares to tee off in his first spherical at Augusta National
Woods seemed to have made his first birdie of his spherical and match on the par-four fifth after he arrange the possibility with a beautiful strategy shot discovering the highest shelf of the inexperienced from about 215 yards out.
The birdie putt seemed on line the whole approach as much as the outlet and Woods had raised his putter in anticipation of the celebration, just for it to lip out. A tricky break for Woods who needed to accept par.
The five-time winner induced a stir final week when he flew to Augusta for a observe spherical along with his son Charlie, having not performed a PGA occasion since his final Masters look 18 months in the past.
Woods broke each his legs in a high-speed crash in southern California in February 2021, along with his proper leg severely broken, leading to a protracted and arduous interval of rehabilitation.
After feeling comfy following observe rounds final week and this week, Woods confirmed his intention to play on Tuesday – going so far as to say he thought he might win the match.
‘I’m right here to win,’ he mentioned. ‘I would not be right here if I did not assume it was potential. I can hit the ball simply advantageous. I haven’t got any qualms bodily from a golf standpoint.
Woods opted to put on azalea pink to match the well-known flowers at Augusta National – the place he has gained 5 instances earlier than
Woods advised the media on Tuesday that he was on the Masters to win it as he eyes a sixth inexperienced jacket
‘It’s now strolling that is the toughest half. You know, 72 holes is a protracted highway and it is going to be a tricky problem. But it is one which I’m up for.’
He added: ‘I’ll know after I cannot win anymore, and that is when I’ll grasp it up, however proper now I nonetheless assume it is potential.
‘I nonetheless have the palms to do it and I can nonetheless transfer. I’ve been in worse conditions than I really feel proper now and gained tournaments.’
The 46-year-old, who has 15 majors to his identify, teed off alongside Chile’s Joaquin Niemann and South African 2010 Open champion Louis Oosthuizen at 4.04pm BST, following a half-hour delay to the beginning of the match attributable to morning thunderstorms.