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Tiger gives somber update on his chances of competing at the 2021 Masters

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As host of the Genesis Invitational, Tiger Woods joined the CBS broadcast of the event on Sunday to give an update on his health which has left golf fans apprehensive about his chances of competing in the 2021 Masters.

With just six weeks to go until the first major of the year, Tiger told Jim Nantz that he has one more MRI scheduled to see if the annulus has scarred over following his 5th back surgery before he can start resuming more activities.

“I’m feeling fine, little bit stiff. Have one more MRI scheduled to see if the annulus has scarred over finally, and then I can start doing more activities. Still in the gym, still doing the mundane stuff that you have to do for rehab, the little things before you can start gravitating towards something a little more.”

Asked directly on whether he’ll be competing at the 2021 Masters, Woods was non-commital, expressing his hope but very much tempering any expectations ahead of his final MRI.

“God, I hope so. I got to get there first. A lot of it is based off my surgeons, my doctors, my therapists and making sure I do (the recovery) correctly. This is the only back I got, and I don’t have much wiggle room left there.

I don’t know what the plan is. Plan is to get the MRI and see if the annulus is healed, and scarred over, and then start progressing.”

The interview was not atypical of Woods, who has often given sparse details to the media regarding his injuries and recovery.

Still, golf fans on social media expressed their concern that with such a short space of time between Woods’ final MRI and the Masters, the 15-time major champ may be forced to miss the event at Augusta National.

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

5 Comments

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  1. Frank

    Feb 24, 2021 at 6:12 pm

    Tiger ruined black history month. At least he waited till the end of the month 😉

  2. Tiger Woods

    Feb 24, 2021 at 5:55 pm

    Where da hook ers be?

  3. Tigerwoods

    Feb 24, 2021 at 3:33 pm

    Uh huh

  4. MT

    Feb 22, 2021 at 12:48 pm

    Just have to wonder how much the body can take before it reaches a level that he won’t be able to play or do simple things?

    Is it worth the risk at this stage?

    • dave

      Feb 22, 2021 at 10:12 pm

      i agree. I don’t think it is worth the risk to sacrifice a qulaity of life after golf to just compete this year. if all goes well then there is always next year to compete.

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Justin Rose hits epic shank during round one of the Arnold Palmer Invitational

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Hitting a shank is one of the more mortifying moments a golfer can have, and while it may be a common feature in a lot of player’s weekend rounds, it’s not often you get to see one from a pro – but day one at Bay Hill was different.

Justin Rose was the man in question who hit the shank and did so early on day one when faced with a long bunker shot.

Thank’s to PGA Tour Live, viewers tuning into action early on Thursday got to see the shank in all it’s glory, and the epic sound of the ball hitting the hosel is not to be missed.

Rose made bogey on the hole but put the shank behind him and stiffed it from a greenside bunker just a couple of holes later.

 

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Billy Horschel snaps back at heckler at Bay Hill

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Fans are back this week at Bay Hill, and with it, the odd comment from those outside the ropes to those inside.

On day one of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Billy Horschel was the target of a fan who decided that he’d give his expert opinion to the 5-time winner on the PGA Tour, telling him that he had read a putt badly.

Horschel took his time after the shout from the fan but then fired back at him, saying: “There’s a reason why I’m on that side of the ropes, and you’re on that side. I think my talent level is just a touch better.” 

Check out the incident in the video below.

It isn’t the first time the 34-year-old has put a fan in their place at an event either, as one person found out a couple of year’s ago at the Zurich Classic.

 

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Study finds golf fans are the angriest sports fans on social media

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Hop on to social media during a live sporting event, and emotions are spilling over, but when it comes to golf, the prominent feeling is often anger and frustration.

That is down to gambling, and according to a new study from OnlineGambling.Ca, golf supporters are the angriest on social media, with 42% of all tweets about the sport being classified as an angry comment.

The study also found that cricket and ice hockey fans show the most love for their team, with 38% of their social media posts being filled with love. Basketball fans seem to be the saddest with their teams’ results, with 38% of reactions being unhappy.

If you have ever gambled on golf or been on social media during an event, the results are probably less surprising to those that haven’t!

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