Tiger Woods confirms he will play in The Open after the worst Masters ever

Tiger Woods confirms he will play in The Open after the worst Masters finish ever

The 15-time major champion shot +13 after recovering from a broken leg (Image: Getty)

Tiger Woods has confirmed he will attend The Open this summer after returning to The Masters, but says he may be limited to playing only major tournaments in the future.

The five-time Masters champion played in his first competitive tournament since breaking his leg in a car accident 14 months ago, but after a bright start to the opening day, he ended up shooting 13 over par – his worst performance at Augusta since finishing at +6 as an amateur in 1996.

Nevertheless, Woods received a standing ovation as he went up to the 18th green on the final day, after defying the odds of even teeing out on day one after nearly losing his leg in the car accident.

Tiger Woods confirms he will play in The Open after the worst Masters finish ever

Woods had a hard time on days three and four as he shot +6 in both rounds (Getty)

Next month, the PGA Championship will be held at Southern Hills – a course Woods has excelled at in the past – but he cut his chances of taking part and was only willing to commit to The Open in July, saying his legs might prevent him in playing a full schedule for the rest of his career.

Asked if he would attend Southern Hills, Woods told Sky Sports: ‘Honestly, I really do not know. Even three weeks ago, I did not know if I should play this event.

‘I have, as I have said, a lot of work to do. The endurance in the leg was not very good. I can start out and it hurts when I start out.

‘Once it’s warmed up, it’s good I can hit good punches and then the endurance goes and I hit some pretty ugly ones. That’s one of the things we’ll have to work on and see what the schedule is.

‘As I hinted at in a series of press conferences, I will never play a full program again. It’s just going to be the big events.

‘I do not know if I should play Southern Hills or not, but I’m looking forward to St. Andrews. It is something that is close to my heart. I have won two Opens there and it is the home of golf, it is my favorite golf course in the world, so I want to be there for it.

“But something in between I do not know. I will try, there is no doubt. This week I will try to get ready for the Southern Hills and we will see what this body is capable of doing.”

Tiger Woods confirms he will play in The Open after the worst Masters finish ever

Woods won his first Masters 25 years ago back in 1997 (Photo: Getty)

After reflecting on the fact that it is 25 years since he won his first Masters, Woods continued: ‘It’s absolutely wild. Some of these guys in the field, Joaquin [Niemann] I played with the first two days, he was not even born yet! So it’s just crazy.

‘This golf course and this tournament has meant so much to me and my family, from the year I was born, it was the first year a black man played The Masters, Lee Elder, he got a chance to be made an honorary starter last year before he passed away. He was there when I ended up winning in 1997, my dad was there.

‘My mom was there all the time, she was out there today! She’s stubborn, she should not have been out there, she should not have walked, she has nothing to do with being up and down those hills – where do I get it from, well! ‘

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