Tiger Woods’ return at the Masters next week would give everyone a lift, says Rory McIlroy


A shock Tiger Woods return at the Masters next week would give everyone a lift, says Rory McIlroy – who admits ‘anything in golf is heightened if Tiger is there’

  • Tiger Woods has not played competitively in over 18 months due to injury 
  • The American has had numerous surgeries on his leg after a near-fatal car crash
  • But Woods was at Augusta on Monday, turning up for a surprise practice round 
  • Rory McIlroy admits it would be ‘phenomenal’ if Woods appeared at the Masters 

Rory McIlroy admitted on Wednesday that he was as excited as every club golfer at the thought of Tiger Woods turning up at the Masters next week.

‘I think for golf and the Masters tournament and for everyone it would be phenomenal if he makes it,’ he said.

‘Anything in golf is heightened if Tiger is there, and it would be awesome to see him competing again at Augusta.’

Rory McIlroy admitted he was excited at the thought of Tiger Woods playing at the Masters 

Woods - who won in 2019 - turned up for a practice round with his son Charlie on Monday

Woods – who won in 2019 – turned up for a practice round with his son Charlie on Monday 

The Northern Irishman, playing in the Valero Texas Open this week, was at Augusta on Monday when Woods turned up for a practice round with his son Charlie. 

‘He was clearly there trying to see what he can do,’ said the 32-year-old.

‘Obviously no one knows but him if he can make it round and if he believes he can compete.’

The golf legend has not played competitively in 18 months but is nearing a stunning return

The golf legend has not played competitively in 18 months but is nearing a stunning return 

Woods can leave it until next Wednesday to make a final decision but Friday might well prove the big day.

In the past, whenever he has been forced to withdraw, he has always made the announcement on the Friday before the Masters. 

If he’s still on the list of ‘active competitors’ on the Masters website on Saturday, therefore, we can all start to dream.

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