July 3, 2022


Tiger Woods celebrates after sinking his put on the 18th green to win the Masters Tournament on April 14, 2019 in Augusta, Ga.

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Tiger Woods celebrates after sinking his put on the 18th green to win the Masters Tournament on April 14, 2019 in Augusta, Ga.

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Owner; Few competitions are as synonymous with a sport as the annual pilgrimage to the nearly 100-year-old Augusta National Golf Club.

Steeped in tradition and historical moments, the Masters tournament has come to represent the beginning of springtime in America.

Who will make history and take home the green jacket this year?

how to see?

CBS and ESPN will provide 18 hours of traditional TV tournament coverage between Thursday and Sunday. In addition, Masters.com and ESPN+ are introducing three additional channels: one from Amen’s Corner (11th, 12th and 13th holes), one on the 15th and 16th holes, and another for the fourth, fifth and sixth holes, starting in 2020. Happened. Masters.

A separate channel will provide spotlight coverage of two select groups from the morning and afternoon waves each day.

Para 3 Competition It will also return this year with coverage on masters.com and ESPN+ on Wednesdays from noon to 5 p.m., with ESPN showing two hours from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The honorary convocation will begin at 7:40 am on Thursday.

plenty of competition

Last year’s champion, Hideki Matsuyama, was first japanese man To win a Golf Major championship, figures to be one of the favorites – if he can overcome a back injury that has kept him out of competition since the Arnold Palmer Invitational in early March.

Another favorite is 27-year-old Jon Rahm, who has been in the top 10 at Augusta for the past four years. Scotty Scheffler deserves another attention, as he is currently the No. 1 golfer in the world.

Hideki Matsuyama plays a shot from the bunker on the 18th hole during the final round of the Masters on April 11, 2021.

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Tiger looks to make another comeback

This year, all eyes will be on a familiar face after Tuesday’s news conference, in which five-time Masters champion Tiger Woods indicated that he plan to participate this year.

Augusta, Ga. The annual tournament in the U.S. has been the focal point of Woods’ career. Not even a year into his first PGA Tour, he won the Masters in 1997 at the age of 21. He won back-to-back victories in 2001 and 2002.

a 2009 car accident And the subsequent sex scandal caused an extraordinary fall from grace for the superstar that was only worsened by a 2017 DUI arrest, which Woods blamed on mismanagement of his pain medication.

During Woods’ early successes, many believed that it was only a matter of time before he would surpass the legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 major championship wins. But multiple injuries, personal turmoil and four back surgeries culminated in a nearly 11-year title drought for Woods.

Many thought he would never play competitively again.

Then in 2019, at the age of 43, he came from behind to surprise the sports world. Winning his 15th major title and fifth Masters, One Masters shy of Nicklaus. It was a comeback that Woods’ biographer, Jeff Benedict, told NPR May go down as one of the greatest in the history of the sport.

“The thing he came back from is phenomenal because of how far he had fallen,” Benedict said. “It was one of the greatest athletes in history that kicked him out of the sport because of an incredibly sharp fall. It turned his life upside down. And we all saw it. And then it was a series of injuries.” Ended up with someone who took him. Totally out of the game. People didn’t expect him to ever play again, let alone come back and do something like win the Masters.”

Tiger was back.

Tiger Woods celebrates with the Masters trophy during the Green Jacket Ceremony after winning the Masters in 2019.

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then came another car accident in 2021.

predictable driving Speed ​​between 84 and 87 mphWoods crashed his SUV while hitting a tree, causing the vehicle to fly through the air and eventually land on its side. He suffered multiple injuries to his right leg, which needed to be stabilized by inserting a rod into the tibia. Screws and pins were put in his foot and ankle, and his doctors discussed a possible amputation,

Lucky to be alive, Woods faced a long road to recovery. He spent three months in a hospital bed, telling reporters that simply seeing the sun again was a goal. And though many envisioned his return to golf in some form or another, he told reporters at last December’s PNC Championships, His first competition since a car accidentThat he was still away from playing tournament golf.

That didn’t stop rumors from swirling that he might return to Augusta, 25 years after winning his first Masters.

Fans originally noticed that Woods’ name was included in the list to play in the tournament. then there was one Tracked Flight from Florida, And on Monday, a huge crowd gathered in Augusta to watch him practice. All this raised the question: will he play?

As of Tuesday, it appears the answer is yes.

“Right now, I feel like I’m going to play,” Woods told a news conference.

Less than 14 months after his accident, it appears Woods will once again step onto the green at Augusta.

And though it remains to be seen at what level he will compete, one thing is certain: You can never outsmart Tiger Woods.

Phil Mickelson celebrates his three-stroke victory after winning the 2010 Masters Tournament.

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Phil Mickelson will not play at Augusta this year

One golf legend who won’t be in attendance this week is Phil Mickelson, who will be missed for the Masters first time in 28 years After making controversial comments about a new golf league backed by Saudi Arabia and Saudi Arabia.

In February, golf writer Alan Shipnk published an excerpt from his forthcoming biography of Mickelson in which the golfer spoke candidly about the Saudi-backed Super Golf League that was attempting to attract some of the game’s top talent.

“They’re scary motherf***** to be involved with,” Mickelson said in the interview, posted on Golf Website Fire Pit Collective,

“We know they killed [Washington Post reporter and U.S. resident Jamal] Khashoggi and has a terrible record on human rights. They kill people there because they are gay. Knowing all this, why would I even consider it?” he added. “Because this is a one-time opportunity to reshape the way the PGA Tour operates.”

After the interview went public, Mickelson said his comments were “reckless” and that he was “deeply sorry for my choice of words”, while still noting, “golf is in dire need of a change.”

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan, speaking to the press in March, declined to comment on any disciplinary matters related to Mickelson, but said he would welcome talks with Mickelson about returning to the PGA Tour.


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