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Tiger Woods isn’t at the Masters, but he’s on minds of golfers at Augusta

Tiger Woods wears the green jacket after winning the 2019 Masters at Augusta National.
Tiger Woods wears the inexperienced jacket after profitable the 2019 Masters at Augusta National. (Andrew Redington / Getty Images)

The final time the Masters was held in April, Tiger Woods pulled off an unbelievable and emotional profession comeback to win the 2019 tournament for his fifth inexperienced jacket.

But Woods, recovering from a February car crash, isn’t right here this week and there are severe doubts about whether he’ll ever be able to play aggressive golf once more.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department released details of Wood’s crash Wednesday, saying the golfer was rushing at greater than 82 mph in a forty five mph zone, and as a substitute of braking was really accelerating when he misplaced management of his car close to Rancho Palos Verdes.

Police should not positive whether or not he was aware at the time of the crash, through which Woods suffered several injuries, together with a number of fractures to his proper leg.

In latest weeks, some fellow golfers have visited him as he recovers at his residence in Florida.

“I went over and saw him,” Rory McIlroy stated. “Spent a couple hours with him, which was nice. It was good to see him. It was good to see him in decent spirits and actually not as, you know — like when you hear of these things and you look at the car and you see the crash, you think he’s going to be in a hospital bed for six months. But he was actually doing better than that.”

Justin Thomas stated he notably misses enjoying apply rounds with Woods.

“I went over and saw him a couple times last week and try to go over a couple times during the week whenever I’m home and see him,” Thomas stated. “We texted Friday morning, and he said it’s kind of starting to set in. He’s bummed he’s not here playing practice rounds with us, and we hate it, too.”

Although he was the final to win the storied match in April, Woods isn’t the defending champion. That honor belongs to Dustin Johnson, who gained the occasion that was postponed till November as a result of of the COVID-19 pandemic.

McIlroy, for one, hasn’t dominated out one other Woods comeback.

“Any time Tiger Woods tees it up in a golf tournament, it’s better,” he stated. “It’s better for the tournament. It’s better for the players that are involved. It’s better for everyone.

“Unfortunately, he’s not here this year. You know, hopefully, if his recovery goes well, who knows, he could be back in 12 months’ time. But yeah, he’s always missed when he doesn’t play in these big events, and, you know, that doesn’t change this week, whether it’s to do with his back or his leg or whatever it is. I know he’s at home and he’s fully focused on the recovery process, and I feel like he’s mentally strong enough to get through that. And once he does, broken bones heal, and he’s just got to take it step by step.

“I know he’d love to be here, and I’m sure he’s going to put everything he has into trying to be ready to play here next year.”

This story initially appeared in Los Angeles Times.

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