Tiger Woods plays 9 practice holes; Fred Couples thinks he will contend at Masters

Tiger Woods performed 9 holes of a practice spherical Monday with Justin Thomas and Fred Couples at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., attracting lots of of patrons your entire method.

Woods mentioned Sunday that he can be a “game-time decision” for competing at the Masters, which begins Thursday.

But those that know him greatest, together with Couples, imagine he will stay within the area.

“If you want to talk golf, he was bombing it,” Couples mentioned. “I know (Thomas) is not the longest hitter on the Tour, but I know he’s damn long. (Woods) was with him flushing it.

“I by no means converse for Tiger, so I’m not even going to get into he walked 9 holes, I suppose he performed 9 yesterday. But as a buddy and the best way he regarded, he’s very spectacular.”

Woods, 46, hasn’t played a round on the PGA Tour since the pandemic-delayed 2020 Masters, which was played in November of that year. The 15-time major champion underwent multiple surgeries on his right leg following a single-car accident near Los Angeles on Feb. 23, 2021.

Woods has won five green jackets, including in 2019, which marked his first major title in 11 years. Couples said he believes Woods can be in contention again this week.

“You can at all times be in ache, proper? But to hit it like that, now it is simply the strolling half,” Couples said. “I’ve mentioned it 3 times. I need not increase a lot on that. If he can stroll round right here in 72 holes, he’ll contend.”

Woods can be recognized to have practiced at Augusta on Sunday and final (*9*).

This story has been revealed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content.

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