Masters Day One: All eyes on Tiger Woods at Augusta

Masters Day One: All eyes on Tiger Woods at Augusta

All eyes were on Tiger Woods ahead of the 86th Masters at Augusta National.

Less than 14 months after suffering severe injuries to his right leg in a car accident, Woods had defied the odds once again by recovering in time to take his place in the 91-man field for the year’s first major championship.

“It’s just truly amazing,” Masters chairman Fred Ridley said in his annual pre-tournament press conference. “I don’t even know how else to say it.

“I would have probably taken some pretty high odds a few weeks or a few months ago whether or not he would be here.

“But when you think about it, it really shouldn’t surprise us. He is one of the most determined, dedicated athletes that I have ever seen in my life.

“I saw him last Tuesday when he was out practicing, he was in great spirits and had (his son) Charlie with him.

“It was interesting in his press conference that he said the only real issue is walking, that his golf swing’s fine. So who knows what might happen this week. But we are excited he’s here.”

Is there anything new for 2022?

Tom Watson will join Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player as an honorary starter at the Masters
Tom Watson will join Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player as an honorary starter at the Masters (David Davies/PA)

Course specialist?

Jon Rahm
Jon Rahm walks on the second green during a practice round for the Masters (David J. Phillip/AP)

Key tee times

1534BST – Tiger Woods, Louis Oosthuizen, Joaquin Niemann
1556BST – Adam Scott, Scottie Scheffler, Tony Finau
1841BST – Will Zalatoris, Patrick Cantlay, Jon Rahm
1903BST – Matt Fitzpatrick, Brooks Koepka, Rory McIlroy

Weather forecast

Scattered thunderstorms remained possible on Wednesday evening, but the cold front passing through on Thursday morning was forecast to bring an end to the rain. Clearing skies and breezy conditions are then expected the rest of the day. A 40 per cent chance of early morning showers and thunderstorms until 8am, then becoming mostly sunny and breezy, with winds of 10-15mph, gusting up to 23mph.

Guernsey Press