Tiger Woods is grateful after completing the Masters comeback, and commits to playing The Open

AUGUSTA, Georgia — Tiger Woods committed Sunday to play at The Open in St. Andrews in July and said he may play in the PGA Championship next month, after finishing a week at the Masters that didn’t seem possible less than 14 months ago.

Playing in his first state tournament since being seriously injured in a car wreck outside Los Angeles on February 23, 2021, Woods walked the 18th fairway of Applause at Augusta National Golf Club.

Woods said he would look back on the week and be grateful.

“I keep saying it, but I am,” Woods said. “I really am. I am. Just to get to this point.”

Woods did not have the results he wanted. The 15-time major champion, whose career includes five Masters victories, said earlier in the week that he thought he could win another green jacket, but he finished well on the leaderboard after taking a 6-card on 78 in each of his last two rounds. It was his worst run at the Masters.

Woods, 46, will have to take solace in making the cut in his first official event in over 17 months. More importantly, his surgically repaired right leg was lifted while playing 72 holes on one of the most demanding golf courses in the world.

“I don’t think words can really describe it considering where I was a little over a year ago and what my hopes were at the time to end up here and be able to play in all four rounds,” Woods said. “Until a month ago, I didn’t know if I could do it. I think it was a positive thing, I have some work to do and I’m looking forward to it.”

After his tour, Woods told Sky Sports he plans to play at The Open at St Andrews in July. He’s not yet sure if he’ll play in the PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in May or the US Open at The Country Club in Brooklyn, Massachusetts, in June.

“It’s just going to be the big events,” Woods said. “I don’t know if it will be south of the hills or not. But I’m looking forward to St Andrews. That’s something near and dear to my heart. I’ve won two holes there, it’s the home of golf. It’s my favorite golf course in the world so I’ll be there for it. But I don’t know anything in between. I’m definitely going to try. Like this week, I’m going to try and gear south of the hills and we’ll see what this body can do.”

After opening with a 1-under 71 on Thursday, Woods’ limp became more apparent and he appeared to run out of energy. His 72-hole score of 13-301 was his highest in 24 appearances as a professional at the Masters. His previous worst appearance was 6 in 1996, his second as an amateur. It was the first time Woods had finished par in the final two rounds of the Masters, and the first time he had finished double figures above par in a major tournament since he was 13 at the 2013 US Open.

Woods got off to a much better start than he did on Saturday. He made a par on the first hole and then a birdie on the par-5 second. After a 335-yard drive, Woods had 229 yards to the hole. He hit his second putt over the back of the green, then drove it to 3 feet.

But then Woods had three consecutive bogeys at Numbers 4, 5, and 6—the first time he’d been bogeyed on those three consecutive holes in 94 career rounds at Augusta National.

On fourth down, Woods hit a tee shot into the green bunker. He missed by 12 ft par. On the next hole, he dropped his club on his second putt with an iron. His ball finished far and right of the green, and he was unable to get up and down on par. Woods had a 4-putt on the 495-yard 4th hole in four rounds this week.

Although Woods could not play the way he wanted to, he was happy to return to Augusta National. His friend and fellow PGA Tour pro Bryson DeChambeau, who missed the cut, stuck with Woods on Sunday.

“This tournament has meant so much to me and my family, this whole tournament,” Woods said. “[If] You go back to the year you were born, [that] It was the year the first black man played in the Lee Elder Masters. He was an honorary freshman last year. He was there when I won in ’97. Twenty-five years later, here I am playing again. “It means a lot to me, and there’s no other place, no other major that we play in the same place. St Andrews is obviously near and dear to my heart because it’s the home of golf, and I’ve been able to win several Opens there, but we take turns. It’s different. This is where all the great heroes ever played.”

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