Even the legendary golfer, Jack Nicklaus, congratulated the 15-time major championship winner, Tiger Woods, on the fantastic news through an emotional message. Woods confirmed he is playing the 2022 Masters during an interview at Augusta National.
After suffering from a severe car accident in February 2021, Woods was out of play for nearly nine months. The 46-year-old made a brief comeback with his son at the 2021 PNC Championship. Woods was part of Augusta National’s list of past champions playing and had until Masters week to confirm his participation.
Much to the joy of most golf fans, Woods said, “As of right now, I am going to play”. It's no surprise the 46-year-old wants to return this week for the Masters, an event he has won five times in his career. He took part in a practice round Monday and indicated he will be active on Thursday.
It has generated plenty of excitement around Augusta National, with Nicklaus especially looking forward to watching him on course. Hearfelt Message Nicklaus wrote a heartfelt message on Twitter for Woods and applauded him for teeing it up on Thursday’s first round.
Nicklaus stated: “Delighted to hear Tiger is going to give it a go at the Masters. Considering where his life was 17 months ago, this is an incredible feat. Only reinforces the drive, passion and work ethic Tiger & Profile has always possessed.
And know that while he’s in a different place in his life, Tiger wouldn’t tee it up if he didn’t think he could compete and win”. He added, “Tiger knows this golf course like the back of his hand and, in 2019, once in position, he remembered how to win.
If his body holds up, could he do it again? He also said: "Tiger, it's good to have you back and enjoy the week. And save me a seat tonight at dinner!" Nicklaus and Woods have always had a special relationship and a great deal of respect for each other as professionals.
Eighty-two-year-old Nicklaus, who is largely considered to be one of the best golfers of all time, announced that he will be sitting out this year’s Masters Par 3 contest.