Tiger Woods Draws Huge Crowds for Masters Training: ‘We Need Him’

Augusta, Georgia – This thing just got real.

Tiger Woods took another significant step towards its first starting point Thursday morning to play its inaugural 24th Masters turn. For the second day in a row, he trained and played a few holes, playing in the 9th lead on Monday afternoon after playing back in the day the day before.

Don’t bother assessing the “game time decision” Woods gave in his Sunday morning tweet. Barring a serious setback, Woods will play this week. And the closer the moment gets, the more he determines how amazing that moment will be when he experiences it on Thursday.

Woods’ presence in Augusta was a positively bustling setting, not just from huge fan galleries – more than 35,000 people were estimated to be on the field on Monday – vying for a spot to get a glimpse of him, but from fellow rivals. , is very.

The fact that he is on the verge of competing in arguably golf’s most important major championship less than 14 months after his horrific car accident outside Los Angeles is a startling thought.

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Tiger Woods blasts off on the third hole in Augusta as the crowd watches on April 4, 2022.
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“I would be surprised if anyone else ever lived,” Max Homma said on Monday. “So, no, I’m not surprised. I’m surprised. It’s a true testament to his work ethic because we all know what he does on the golf course, how hard he works, and the stories and legend.”

“It reminds me of the documentary ‘The Muse’ with Kobe Bryant having his Achilles popped – picking up pellets with his toes and… and doing more than anyone else does. It’s what I imagine Tiger doing, just like most actors you can prepare for. It’s amazing. truly. ”

Stephen Nicholas, MD, director of sports medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan and a former orthopedic surgeon at Gates, also used the word “cool” when speaking to The Post about Woods playing this week.

“It’s a fantastic recovery – just how much gut fortitude it takes to get through what he had to overcome,” Nicholas said Monday before walking with his son at Augusta National. “Just playing and walking again is great, and playing golf at such a competitive level is an unbelievable story.”

Nicholas said he was surprised by Woods’ speedy recovery “because of the bone he injured.” [the talus bone, which connects the foot to the ankle] It is an important part of his swing. ”

“The ankle bone is a round bone that sits under the ankle joint and when you get it you break and you can lose a piece of it, causing an irregularity in the joint between the bone above and the big round ball,” Nicholas went on. This causes inflammation of the tendon and the joint capsule surrounding it and causes pain. The stiffness created by the ankle injury is incredible. You have to get rid of stiffness and this is a very difficult and painful task.

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Tiger Woods tours the show during a practice tour in Augusta on April 4, 2022.
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Tiger Woods plows into the fourth hole during the Masters training session on April 4, 2022.
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“Obviously he is a tough guy, but I didn’t think he would be able to get back into competition. I thought he would be able to get back to playing recreational golf.”

On Monday, Woods played with two of his closest golfing friends, Fred Coples and Justin Thomas, and the couples said Woods “looked exceptional”.

“I hope he can play well this week,” said Patrick Cantlay. “This is obviously the greatest thing for our sport. Everyone is excited about it. Until last week, hearing about the possibility of him playing was exciting for the players. There is definitely a different feeling in the tournaments when he qualifies.”

Bryson Dechambeau best described this different feeling when he said, “We could hear the loud roar as he came out of the club up to the first tee, and that was very special to hear.

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Tiger Woods (left) and Fred Kobles (r) during Masters training in Augusta on April 4, 2022.
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“I couldn’t be happier for him [to be] Where he is now, he returns, proud of him. Shot, coming back from that injury, we had some conversations, man, I don’t know how he did that. A tiger is a tiger, and you can never count it. He’s someone who would shock a lot of people if he did this week.”

Watching Woods play this week “would be just epic,” Adam Scott said, adding, “I’ve learned a long time ago to never doubt a guy. If he can turn around, which seems to be the question, you can’t doubt his golf.”

When asked if he thought Woods could “compete” this week, Homma said, “Yes, it’s Tiger Woods.”

Brooks Koepka delivered these powerful words about Woods: ‘We need him. The game needs him. Everyone needs him. The fans need him, all these things’.

Kupka also said he is linked to Woods after playing for the Masters last year after suffering a knee injury.

“Look, I was somewhat in his shoes trying last year after two weeks of surgery,” Koepka said. “This place is not just an easy walk. I understand what he is facing. It will be difficult. It’s a major tournament, it’s Augusta, no matter how much pain you feel, you’ll figure out a way. He will find a way. If anyone can do this, it is him. ”