Immelman expects Woods to be ready for Masters return
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[January 27, 2023]
By Steve Keating
(Reuters) - Tiger Woods will not be at his favourite hunting ground
of Torrey Pines this week but former Masters winner Trevor Immelman
expects to see the 15-time major champion back at Augusta National
Woods has made few competitive appearances since last July's British
Open as the former world number one deals with yet another health
issue - plantar fasciitis - that has further slowed his recovery
from injuries sustained in a near fatal 2021 car crash.
Since St. Andrews, his only competitive golf has been the PNC
Championship, a 36-hole tournament with a field comprised of major
winners playing with a family member, which he took part in with son
Charlie, and a made-for-TV exhibition dubbed "The Match".
2008 Masters champion Immelman said that despite Woods's inactively
he fully expects to see the five-time Green Jacket winner in the
field for the year's first major from April 6-9.
"I spent quite a lot of time with him towards the end of last year
and as always he's working hard," Immelman told Reuters in a
"His work ethic is unparalleled and he is trying to do everything he
can to live a functional life for his family but also to be able to
"I do anticipate him playing the Masters," added Immelman, who makes
his debut as CBS Sport's lead golf analyst on Friday at the PGA Tour
stop at Torrey Pines, where Woods has won eight times.
"He has to make sure he is really ready to walk that course four or
five days in a row.
"That for me would be the only question mark for him because his
game looked pretty good when I seen him."
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Tiger Woods of the U.S. hits his tee shot on the 16th hole during
second round REUTERS/Joe Skipper
Almost two years since a car crash nearly resulted in the amputation
of his right leg, Woods continues his rehabilitation from injuries
that have limited his number of events.
Woods, who turned 47 on Dec. 30, surprised the golf world when he
returned to competition at last year's Masters, where he shot an
opening-round 71 and made the cut before fading to 47th place over
Six weeks later he withdrew from the PGA Championship after carding
a nine-over-par 79 in the third round, during which his leg appeared
to be causing him significant discomfort.
Woods then skipped the U.S. Open, the year's third major, so he
could focus on the British Open at St. Andrews where he finished
nine-over-par for his two rounds.
"Seems to me his game is still quite sharp, he still has enough
speed with the driver and all the skill," said South African
Immelman. "I'm not sure how he has progressed in the six, seven
weeks since I've seen him, hopefully even better.
"I expect him to play between four to six events this season.
"I think a lot of it will depend on how the major golf courses are
set up for him."
(Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto; Editing by Peter Rutherford)
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