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Latest update suggests Tiger is pushing for 2022 Masters return

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Despite recently reporting that Tiger Woods is aiming for a winning return to The Masters in 2023, the confirmed absence of Phil Mickelson means that golf folk are back on the hunt for the 15-time major champion to come back a year earlier.

On Tuesday, Golf analyst Ron Mintz gave some hope by tweeting an intriguing update on Woods’ status.

Mintz posted that a member of Tiger’s team is said to have told Doug Ferguson of Associated Press that: “It is still too early for Woods to decide on his 2022 Masters status”, which suggests that Tiger has not given up hope of competing at Augusta this April.

As well as the field for the event, The Masters’ site also lists previous champions that are not taking part this year, which this year includes Mickelson, taking a sabbatical from golf after a torrid few months. It doesn’t yet include the name: Tiger Woods.

Despite seeing Woods enjoying his golf at his own Hero World Challenge, and playing better than expected alongside son Charlie when finishing second at the PNC Championship last December, Tiger continues to admit he may not be ready for the return to full competition.

When asked at the Genesis Invitational, the winner of 93 professional tournaments admitted, “I can still play, but I’m in a cart. Being a weekend warrior is easy, that’s not that hard. Hit your ball, hop in a cart, ride, barely step out of the cart, grab your club and hit the next one. And the longest walk you have is probably from, what, the cart to the green and back. I can do that, that’s not that hard, but walking a golf course, that’s a totally different deal. I’ve got a long way to go.”

Augusta is tough both mentally and physically and it’s doubtful Tiger will want to return until he is sure he can compete at the top level, and potentially become the oldest Masters winner.

In response to being asked if we might see him at the traditional Masters Par-3 competition, Tiger also said:  “It’s the competitive nature, how much that takes out of you mentally, physically, emotionally. I haven’t prepared for any of that. Going for a walk, I can do that. Am I going to be sore? Hell, yeah, but I can do that. Whether I do that or not, I don’t know.”

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  1. Johnny Penso

    Mar 24, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    I would have thought the relatively flat St. Andrews would be a good place for Tiger to come back if he thinks he’s able to come back this year.

  2. Bob

    Mar 24, 2022 at 11:39 am

    If true, his leg injury was exaggerated or faked.

  3. Tiger

    Mar 23, 2022 at 4:54 pm

    Clickbait only. “Latest update” from a Tiger “spokesman.” golfwrx.com Get A Life and do some actual reporting!

  4. Tom Kay

    Mar 23, 2022 at 2:38 pm

    I’d much rather see Phil play in the Masters.

  5. Tiger's Pimping Agent

    Mar 23, 2022 at 1:33 pm

    I don’t care if he plays. I know he’s Monahan’s chump, after all he lowered the Hall of Fame age to accommodate his a$$.

    I’ll rather see Phil!

  6. Nag

    Mar 23, 2022 at 1:02 pm

    Who cares if he ever plays again. Bring Phil back!!

  7. CG

    Mar 23, 2022 at 12:02 pm

    Pure BS. Not gonna happen.

  8. Imafitter

    Mar 23, 2022 at 11:27 am

    I hope he’s able to walk the course and compete.

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Sungjae Im doing ‘Gangnam Style’ at Presidents Cup after-party is the must see video of the year

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If any golfer in the world deserves to let their hair down once in a while, then it’s Sungjae Im.

The 24-year-old was the joint top scoring International player at the Presidents Cup, after a season in which he competed in a whopping 26 events on the PGA Tour.

After a gruelling season and after a stellar performance at Quail Hollow, the South Korean was ready to party, and he did so in the most epic of ways.

In a video posted by Tony Finau, Im led the way at the Presidents Cup party going ‘Gangnam Style’ – debuted by his fellow countryman Psy back in 2012 – and as you can see, it lit up the room with both U.S. and International players cheering him on.

 

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The after-party sure looked like a wild time, as not only did Im show another side to him, but we also got to see Hideki Matsuyama’s caddie, Shota, have every U.S. player sign their names on his body.

No doubt some heads were sore on Monday morning, but by the looks of things it was probably worth it.

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Tour pro hit with 4-stroke penalty at Monday-qualifier after committing frustrating error

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During Monday’s qualifier for the Sanderson Farms Championship, former PGA TOUR winner Wesley Bryan was issued a rare penalty.

Carrying 15 clubs is against the rules, and Bryan realized he had one too many when he picked up a 7-iron that wasn’t the one he’d been using.

Bryan didn’t take the penalty too harshly, and even laughed it off after he came to the realization.

“That’s the wrong 7-iron – you can go and add four to my score boys!” Bryan said to his playing partners in Mississippi.

“Yeah we definitely have too many. We have two 7-irons in there – you handed that to me I was like ‘wait a second’ – Can you imagine if we were like 4 or 5-under at this point?”

Bryan was not in contention when he was assessed the four-shot penalty, which I’m sure led to his laid back reaction.

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Ian Poulter takes swipe at Justin Thomas over short putt complaints at Presidents Cup

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Over the weekend, Justin Thomas was involved in a dramatic Sunday singles battle with Si-Woo Kim, with the Korean eventually prevailing on the final hole of the day.

During that match, Thomas expressed his frustration at Kim not giving him a 3-foot putt on the ninth hole, with Thomas motioning that the putt may have been in ‘gimme’ range

Some found JT’s complaints hypocritical after a video had previously shown the 29-year-old shut down Jordan Spieth, who appeared to suggest giving Adam Scott a short putt earlier in the week.

Ian Poulter, known for his pedigree in match play singles, weighed in with his view on JT’s complaints, and unsurprisingly the Englishman had no sympathy for the two-time major champ, saying:

Poulter’s view appears to be the popular take on the matter, with plenty of golf fans frustrated with Thomas, who also admitted he had been ‘p*****d off’ with Si-Woo Kim for deciding to shush the crowd during their tense encounter on Sunday.

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