Golf: Tiger Woods roars again at the Masters, thirteen months after accident – 07/04/2022 22:54


American golfer Tiger Woods on the green during the first round of the Augusta Masters on April 7, 2022 in Augusta, Georgia, USA (GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / JAMIE SQUIRE)

Unbreakable and Strong: Tiger Woods made a stunning start Thursday at the Augusta Masters, completing his first round with a subpar kick, more than thirteen months after the car crash that nearly cost him his right leg.

With much of the field still active on the Greens, Woods finds himself in the top ten, three lengths behind interim leader, Australian Cameron Smith (-4).

The golf legend, the 15 Majors winner, hit his first ball on the legendary course at 11:05 a.m. local time (5:05 p.m. French, 3:05 p.m. GMT), half an hour later than expected due to thunderstorms at dawn, which A brief drizzle followed, followed by bright sunshine throughout the day.

The 46-year-old American, who left in the same group with South African Louis Oosthuizen and Chilean Joaquin Niemann (who was not born when he won his first Masters title in 1997), has shown no signs of weakness both physically and in his game. .

Aside from a small par five error of N.8 (Ghost), Tiger was pretty strong in the top nine. He narrowly missed a first bird on the N.5, his ball coming off the edge, before making the next ball successful. At this number 6, 3 gauge, Woods went so close to a hole in one that his “tee shot” failed just a few centimeters from the hole.

– fist –

Then he passed the corner of Amen, 11-12-13 triples where the Masters were won and lost, even able to fly again on the fifth level of the third part.

At #14, it was a little more complicated: his driving went too far to the left, but he was able to get back into position well out of the trees, before losing his power, earning him his second ghost of the day to get back to level (0).

American golfer Tiger Woods on the green during the first round of the Augusta Masters on April 7, 2022 in Augusta, Georgia, USA (GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / JAMIE SQUIRE)

American golfer Tiger Woods on the green during the first round of the Augusta Masters on April 7, 2022 in Augusta, Georgia, USA (GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / JAMIE SQUIRE)

But the best was yet to come, as he made his third flyer on the third level of N.16, hitting it far from easy but in perfect doses, and he celebrated with a clenched fist.

He then secured parity in the last two slots, and finished the N.18’s ascent with big strides without relying on his club as he did at times a few meters earlier.

Impressive performance from the champion, who has not played in more than 17 months – his latest tournament being the 2020 Masters edition postponed to November due to Covid-19 – and is trying to win a sixth title in Augusta, equaling his glorified greatest record of Jack Nicklaus.

In a somewhat electric atmosphere, befitting a coronation on Sundays, the bustle had already accompanied its early morning appearance.

He wears black shoes adapted to his needs which are not his usual equipment supplier, to the hat, through the pants and the light jacket, he ends up revealing a fuchsia pink T-shirt with a high neck and a particularly muscular upper part of his body.

– “hard way” –

American golfer Tiger Woods on green during the first round of the Augusta Masters, amid a crowded crowd that came to admire him, on April 7, 2022 in Augusta, Georgia, United States (Getty Images North America/Jimmy Square)

American golfer Tiger Woods on green during the first round of the Augusta Masters, amid a crowded crowd that came to admire him, on April 7, 2022 in Augusta, Georgia, United States (Getty Images North America/Jimmy Square)

But it was his right leg that caught all eyes. Because in Augusta where he has always crossed the chops and who knows every nook and cranny, comfort is his main difficulty.

He had narrowly avoided amputation, after going off the road on February 23, 2021 near Los Angeles, due to multiple open fractures that required him to insert a metal rod into the leg, and screws to strengthen the bones of his foot and ankle. .

Woods was hospitalized for weeks and unable to walk for months. “It was a tough road,” he said on Tuesday. “A return to playing here seemed very unlikely to me at the time.”

But the tiger, whose body had already suffered countless injuries, was once again able to rise and succeed in a comeback that no one expected so quickly in Augusta, where his first challenge would be to cross the distance. Four rounds.

“I don’t attend a tournament if I think I can’t win it,” he warned this week.

In light of this first round, 973 did not lie the most scrutiny and fear in the world.

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