“Would be phenomenal for golf”

Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods
Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods

Irish golfer Rory Mcllroy has stated that he saw the legendary Tiger Woods at the Augusta National ahead of The Masters, which is slated to begin next month. He added that the 15-time Major winner “looks great” and is “doing everything he can” to play in the upcoming tournament.

Tiger, who has not competed in a PGA Tour event since a 38th-place finish at The Masters in November 2020, appeared alongside his son at last year’s PNC Championships in December, but with the assistance of a golf cart. The 46-year-old has not been active again since he required surgery on open fractures following a life-threatening car accident last February.

Yesterday, California native Woods was spotted doing a practice round in Augusta, where his private jet landed. McIlroy, who is also at the venue on Tuesday, mentioned that Tiger’s participation will be “phenomenal” for golf and the tournament.

“I think for golf and for the Masters tournament and for everyone else it would be phenomenal to have Tiger there,” Rory McIlroy told reporters as quoted by golf channel, in San Antonio, where he competes in the Valero Texas Open this week. “I think it just adds to the event. Obviously it does. Everything Tiger Woods does in the game of golf is enhanced whenever he’s there. I mean it would be great for him to be there.”

“Tiger’s sheer will and persistence is incredible”

Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods

McIlroy went on to reckon that Tiger’s comeback next week or sometime later will surely be a notable achievement for the youngest Hall of Famer.

He was there [on Tuesday]apparently, and he’s trying to see what he can do,” McIlroy said. “Obviously no one but him knows if he can do it and if he thinks he can keep up.”

He added: “The sheer will and perseverance, it’s incredible. When he comes back from it – he likes to prove people wrong. He likes to prove him wrong, I think. Regardless of when he comes back, he’s a wonderful addition to the game and the game of golf is better when he’s playing and when he’s playing well.”

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