Woods additionally performed a follow spherical final week at Augusta National.
The 15-time main champion has a status for keen himself to victory underneath the most challenging circumstances, and primarily based on his swings on Sunday, he has regained a semblance of his golf prowess. But taking part in at Augusta National, a prolonged course identified for its unforgiving elevation modifications, might be a frightening problem. On Wednesday, in a convention name with reporters, Curtis Strange, the two-time U.S. Open champion who’s now a golf analyst for ESPN, known as Augusta National “the hardest walk in golf.”
Another two-time winner of the U.S. Open, Andy North, who can also be an ESPN commentator, stated he thought the British Open could be a possible place to return to competitors for Woods as a result of this 12 months’s venue — St. Andrews — is “flat and it’s an easy walk.”
“Augusta is the last place you would have thought he could possibly play,” North stated.
But Woods, who gained his first Masters title 25 years in the past, in 1997, has fastidiously managed expectations — of the golf world and, maybe, of his personal — for a return to the tour at a number of factors since the crash.
In mid-February, earlier than the Genesis Invitational, Woods stated in a information convention that he had labored totally on chipping, placing and quick irons, however had not hung out “seriously” on his lengthy sport due to his proper leg.
“I’m still working on the walking part,” Woods stated then. “My foot was a little messed up there about a year ago, so the walking part is something that I’m still working on, working on strength and development in that. It takes time. What’s frustrating is it’s not at my timetable. I want to be at a certain place, but I’m not. I’ve just got to continue working. I’m getting better, yes. But as I said, not at the speed and rate that I would like.”