Tiger Woods remains in Masters field as speculation grows

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Tiger Woods remains listed in the field for next week’s Masters as speculation mounts about his possible return to Augusta National.

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Woods has not played in a top-level event since requiring surgery on fractures to his lower right leg and further injuries to his foot and ankle following a horrific car crash in Los Angeles on 23 February 2021.

The 46-year-old has fallen to 944th in the world rankings as a result, but is eligible for the year’s first major as a five-time former champion.

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While 16 other former winners are listed on the Masters’ official website as not competing, Tiger Woods was still among the active players on Monday as footage surfaced on social media of him apparently playing in Florida this weekend.

Tiger Woods may play in the Par-3 contest

Woods, who feared shortly after his accident that his right leg would have to be amputated, competed in the PNC Championship with son Charlie in December, but was allowed to use a cart and knows that walking 18 holes a day on a hilly course like Augusta National is a different proposition.

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If Woods decides he is unable to compete in the 86th Masters, he could choose to attend the traditional Champions Dinner and play in the pre-tournament par-three contest on the Wednesday prior.

The Masters will take place from 7-10 April.

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