Tiger Woods to play at Masters as Augusta confirms pre-tournament media schedule


iger Woods is set to compete on the Masters next week, after tournament organizers confirmed he would face the media ahead of the season’s first major.

The five-time Masters champion, who last donned the Green Jacket to victory when he scored a stunning one-off victory in 2019, has made only one appearance so far in 2023, when he finished in 45th place in the Genesis Invitational.

That was Woods’ first non-major PGA Tour start since 2020, having played in just three competitive events last year as he continued to recover from the serious leg injuries sustained in a car accident in February 2021.

Woods revealed in November that he had developed plantar fasciitis in his right foot, compounding his injury woes, and the 47-year-old has regularly emphasized how much work is needed on his body before and after rounds to enable him to compete.

It was at Augusta National that he made his competitive return last year, just 14 months after suffering those life-threatening injuries, when Woods shot an opening round of 71 to sit in the top ten after 18 holes on his way to the cut and finish 47th.

The 15-time Major champion failed to make it to the Masters just once, in 1996 when he played as an amateur. He returned a year later and won by 12 shots.

Woods will hold a press conference in Augusta next Tuesday at 4pm BST Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm earlier in the day. Cameron Smith is the only LIV player included in the interview schedule – he will be asked questions at 8pm on Monday.