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So, you’re saying there’s a chance?

15-time major champion Tiger Woods is keeping golf fans on the edge of their seats as the 2022 Masters nears. On Sunday, Woods left the door open to compete this upcoming weekend, telling his fans that he’ll be a “game-time decision” for the Masters.

“I will be heading up to Augusta today to continue my preparation and practice,” Woods posted to Twitter on Sunday. “It will be a game-time decision on whether I compete. Congratulations to 16-year-old Anna Davis on an amazing win at the [Augusta National Women’s Amatuer] and good luck to all the kids in the [Drive, Chip & Putt].”

According to ESPN, Woods played an 18-hole practice round on Tuesday at Augusta.

Woods has not played on the PGA Tour since his February 2021 car crash which left him with horrific injuries, nearly costing him his leg, leading fans of golf to believe the end of Woods’ professional career had finally arrived. Woods essentially said as much in his first interview since the crash, telling Golf Digest in November that playing on the PGA Tour full time would never happen again.

“I think something that is realistic is playing the tour one day—never full time, ever again—but pick and choose, just like Mr. [Ben] Hogan did. Pick and choose a few events a year and you play around that,” Woods said. “You practice around that, and you gear yourself up for that. I think that’s how I’m going to have to play it from now on. It’s an unfortunate reality, but it’s my reality. And I understand it, and I accept it.”

But there has been increased optimism over the past several weeks that Woods could play at the Masters, trying for his sixth green jacket.

“I think for golf and for the Masters Tournament and for everyone, to have Tiger there would be phenomenal,” Rory McIlroy told reporters in San Antonio earlier this week at the Valero Texas Open, according to ESPN. “I think it just adds to the event. Obviously, it does. Anything Tiger Woods does in the game of golf is heightened whenever he’s there. I mean, it would be awesome for him to be there.”

Woods has at least played a full round since the car crash, playing at the PNC Championship in December, though he did use a golf cart. Partnered with his son Charlie, Woods finished second behind two-time major champion John Daly and his son, turning heads on the final 18 holes with a string of 11 consecutive birdies. 

The question is whether Woods’ body can take the pounding that walking 18 holes for four consecutive days at Augusta requires.

“In terms of hitting shots and all that stuff, he’s not that far away,” Justin Thomas said after the PNC Championship. “But in terms of being able to compete and walk 72 holes multiple weeks in a row, yeah, that’s a different story and he’s the only one who can answer that.”

The first round of the Masters is Thursday, April 7.

Joe Morgan is the Sports Reporter for The Daily Wire. Most recently, Morgan covered the Clippers, Lakers and the NBA for Sporting News. Send your sports questions to sports@dailywire.com.

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