Tiger Woods visits Augusta

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9:30 a.m. on the East Coast of the United States. Augusta Airport lands a private plane. This is a 2008 Gulfstream jet with three gold spikes drawn on its back. Ship’s registration number, N517TW. Its owner is Tiger Woods. Nine days before the start of the Masters.

Rumors have been increasing in the last hours. Can Tiger play the first major of the golf season? No one believed it possible, not even the American myth, who, at age 46, was recovering from a horrific fracture of his right leg 13 months ago after a traffic accident outside Los Angeles, when he He had lost control of his vehicle at a speed of 140 kmph. Hours, twice what is allowed in that area. Since then, everything has been in silence and absence, or at most words of pain. “I was so close to leaving the hospital with only one leg. I’m lucky That option was on the table,” he admitted last November. Then, the winner of the 15 Majors admitted that he would no longer be a royal player, having been physically broken after five back operations, five knee operations and a car accident that nearly cost him his life. “I would return to the American circuit, but never full-time again. I will pick the tournament and play. It’s an unfortunate reality, but it’s my reality. I accept I no longer need to play against the best in the world to live a great life. I had to climb Everest again after my last back operation, I had to and I did, but this time I don’t have the body to do it. I can’t go back to the mountain, I can’t go to the top anymore.”

He had three months in a hospital bed set up in his home, wheelchair, crutches, walking again, “stuck at home”, happy, he said, to be able to lie on the grass, “to be alone, without talking. , alone listening to the songs of birds. With extreme tolerance for the victim who won the 2008 US Open with a limp, recovering from a broken leg was the “most painful” thing of his career. So last December, he was grateful to be able to play in the PNC Championship, an informal family tag team tournament, with his 12-year-old son Charlie. More than ever, Titan was a father mentoring his son. Tiger was in them, testing himself every day, when April, spring, masters, awakens his predatory instincts in the garden in which he is happiest. This Tuesday he went to Augusta to give himself one last chance, test his body of work, and decide whether to play or not. At present, his name is included in the list of participants. It will only be removed if he announces that he will not be on the first hole on Thursday, April 7.

“I have a lot left. There is still a lot of muscle and nerve activity in my leg to recover. But I have five back operations. The leg gets stronger, but the back can say ‘here I am’. This is a difficult road. There is so much to look forward to, a lot of hard work to do, be patient. When I go to the gym and go, I want to go, go, go. This is how I have won so many tournaments. But everyone reminds me: at what cost? He had had 10 operations before the accident. I have insisted on winning as much as I can. To win, he did whatever he could. And it had to be paid for”, he admitted recently.

On March 9, Tiger was inducted into the Hall of Fame (Save and Olazabal were inducted in 1997 and 2009, respectively). “Without the sacrifices of Mom, who took me to all those junior golf tournaments, and Dad, who isn’t here but who inspired me morally to work what I believe in, I would never have made it. ,” he said through tears, along with his sons Sam and Charlie. A fight he hasn’t considered closed. Very rarely when he feels Augusta’s heartbeat.

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