Two years ago, Mr. Woods was ranked 1,119th in the world. His return, especially given his journey during the course, is perhaps the greatest in the history of the game.
Leaving the green, Mr. Woods lifted his son, Charlie, and his daughter, Sam, into his arms – a gesture that was repeated to Mr. Woods’ father, the Earl, by his 1997 Masters, Min. Woods’ first major win.
He continued to compete with his teammates in 2019, Win another event, But the 2020 golf season was cut short due to an often-absent epidemic with Mr. Woods. Apart from a tie for ninth in mid-January, he was no more than a tie for 37th and appeared in only 10 events.
Mr. Woods has not played the competition since December. In January, he underwent a procedure on his back, called microdiscectomy, to remove a piece of pressurized disc that was pinning the nerve. On Sunday, Mr. Woods was interviewed during the telecast of the tournament, starring as the host of the Genesis Invitational PGA Tour event in Southern California. He said he had started practicing and appeared comfortable, smiling and joking with CBS announcers about his progress from the recent operation. But he did not present a timetable for his return to competitive golf.
The Masters, however, remained central on Mr. Woods’ calendar. Asked if he would compete in the event in April, Mr. Woods replied: “God, I hope. I have to get there first.” He said he was “feeling well, a bit harsh.” And was waiting for another MRI scan to evaluate his progress. In the meantime, he said, he is “still doing the mundane stuff you have to do for rehab, before you do the little things for something more.” Toward gravity. “
Mr. Woods believed that surgeons could have as many ways to help him. “It’s the only bench I’ve got,” he said. “I don’t have much wiggle room there.”