CNA – 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 in April.
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 despite this, he fully expects to see the five-time Green Jacket winner in the field for the year’s first major from April 6 to 9.
“I spent quite a lot of time with him towards the end of last year and as always he’s working hard,” Immelman said in a telephone interview.
“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 compete.
“I do anticipate him playing the Masters,” added Immelman.
“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.”
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.