Tiger Woods hopes the introduction will help him regain his form at the Augusta Gusta National this week as the 15-time top champion aims to repeat the magic of his stunning Masters win last year.
Overcoming personal and physical hurdles that at times seemed uncontrollable during his career, Woods ended an 11-year drought to claim his fifth Masters in 2019, making one of the most dramatic comebacks in the history of professional sport. .
But recent disappointing performances have reminded me of that success.
Woods has failed to make the top 30 in any competition since returning to the PGA Tour from his Covid-19 margin in June, losing at the US Open in September and finishing 72nd at the Zozo Championships last month. – A tournament he won. A year ago
“Last year he did a lot of good things at the Masters. His iron game was really good a year ago. We haven’t seen him this year,” said patriot Andy North, a retired two-time major and now golfer. Analyst for ESPN.
Woods, who won his first major at Augusta 23 years ago, is familiar with the unique tests of the course that led him to 23-year-old PGA Championship winners Colin Morrikova and 21-year-old Matthew Wolf, US Open runners-up.
But changes to the tournament this year due to the Covid-19 epidemic – the move from April to November and the absence of fans – could limit Wood’s expertise.
“There are a lot of guys out there who haven’t played much,” North said. “You know, I’m kind of wondering, is this going to ignore some of the oldest players in our history and some of the course knowledge they’ve had against some of the little boys we’ve seen play so well this fall?” Is? “
For Woods, calming the crowd can be a difficult part of reconciling.
“The part that is going to be fair, I think, is very unique to all of us who have played there and those who have come there,” Woods told reporters after the final round of the Zozo Championship. Should be
“Sometimes we’re on the green when we’re just screaming and you hear the roar there, 12 and 13, they get all the way to the clubhouse, and nothing happens.”
The master begins on Thursday.