Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods had been on property Tuesday at Augusta Nationwide.
Just one has, in fact, confirmed his participation within the Masters subsequent week.
Woods reportedly performed an 18-hole follow spherical along with his sons Charlie and Justin Thomas as Woods examined his recreation and health earlier than his first main of the yr. Though he might wait till Thursday’s tee time earlier than making an announcement, a choice on his Masters standing might come within the subsequent few days.
“I feel for golf, for the Masters, and for everybody, having the tiger goes to be phenomenal,” McIlroy stated Wednesday on the Valero, Texas Open. “I feel it simply provides to the motion. Something Tiger Woods does in golf is enhanced at any time when he is there. It might be good to be there. …
“He is making an attempt to see what he can do. Clearly, nobody else is aware of if he can recover from it and if he thinks he will be aggressive.”
Woods has not performed an official occasion for the reason that 2020 Masters, when the occasion was postponed to November as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. He was out for the primary a part of 2021 whereas recovering from a fifth again surgical procedure, then significantly injured his proper leg throughout his automobile accident in February 2021.
Since he performed Charlie on the PNC Championship in December – a 36-hole stampede he rode a wagon – Woods has supplied some updates on his progress. On the Genesis Invitational in February, he reiterated that he plans to return to competitors however nonetheless has “a protracted technique to go” in his rehab and is “nonetheless engaged on the strolling half”.
acknowledged that Woods performed all 18 holes at Augusta Nationwide on Tuesday and that he “appeared good”.
If the 46-year-old Woods returns subsequent week – within the close to future, and even in any respect – McIlroy stated it might be one other nice chapter in Woods’ now profession within the Corridor of Fame.
“The sheer will and perseverance is unimaginable,” McIlroy stated. “If he comes again from this once more – he likes to show folks fallacious. I feel he likes to show himself fallacious. Regardless of when he comes again, he is a good addition to the sport, and golf is best when he performs and when he performs properly.”