Woods to attend Champions Dinner but remains unsure on Masters tee-time

Fatiha Betscher
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Woods to attend Champions Dinner but remains unsure on Masters tee-time

Masters champion Tiger Woods plays his stroke from the No. 1 tee during Round 4 of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club

Five-time Masters champion Tiger Woods will attend the 2022 Masters ‘Past Champions Dinner’ and possibly play the Par-3 Contest but has again reiterated he remains uncertain if he’ll be teeing up for the first time at Augusta National since 2020.

Woods has competed just once since the events of a year ago this Wednesday and that was at December’s PNC Championship in Orlando where he rode for the two days in a motorised cart partnering with his son Charlie over the host Ritz Carlton course.

The 15-time major winner again spent time last week in the commentary box during his role as tournament host at the Genesis Invitational, where he again, and as he had done on the eve of this week’s $12m event, stated he remains unsure when he will return to PGA Tour action.

“You’ll see me on the PGA Tour, I just don’t know when,” said Woods speaking with Jim Nantz. “Though trust me, I’d love to tell you that I will be playing next week, but I don’t know when.”

Woods says he holds ‘hope’ of a return to competitive action, however again admitting he’s still a long way from a full recovery and a return to four rounds of competition.

“It’s frustrating in that sense, because I’ve been down this road before with my back when I didn’t know when I was going to come back,” he said.  “It’s hard not to have goals out there – you know, ‘I want to play this event so I can set myself up for that mentally and physically and emotionally.’ I don’t have any of those dates in my head.”

Woods said earlier in the week that he was not recovering as quickly as he would like, although he refused to fully shut the door when asked if there was a chance of him teeing it up at The Masters this April.

“I don’t know,” Woods added. “I’ll be there Tuesday and it will be a great dinner – I don’t know what kind of sushi we are going to have!”

Woods did say he could handle contesting the Par 3 Contest, held on the eve of the Masters.

“I can play that kind of stuff,” Woods said. Though when quizzed by Nantz if that was official confirmation he would play, Woods added: “Hey Jimmy, slow down for a moment.”

One thing Woods confirmed is that he will be attending the March 9th, 2022 induction ceremony at PGA Tour HQ on the eve of the Players Championship.

“In most sports, you go into the Hall five years after you retire from your sport. For us, we are able to actually still continue to play in your sport,” Woods said. “I still feel like I can still be out here with these guys trying to kick their butts.”

Also being inducted into the ‘Class of 2022’ will be former PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem, 80-year-old Susie Maxwell Berning, winner of four majors, along with the late Marion Hollins and one of the only known female golf course developers in history. She won the 1921 U.S. Women’s Amateur and was runner-up in 1913. She also had many other amateur wins. Berning was the captain of the first U.S. Curtis Cup team in 1932. She died in 1944.

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