With many doubting we’d ever play golf again, Tiger Woods’ 2022 schedule is becoming clearer after he completed 72 holes at the US Masters in April
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Tiger Woods is expected to compete in all four major championships in 2022 after miraculously returning from injury.
The 15-time major champion’s sporting future looked all but over in February 2021 when he suffered a high-speed car crash. The incident left him with multiple breaks and fractures in both legs, which led to a long rehabilitation period.
During that time, Woods, 46, essentially had to learn to walk again. Although he did manage to compete in the PNC Championships with son Charlie in late 2021, where he was allowed to use the buggy, The Masters in April was viewed by many as too early.
However, speculation of a bold return for the golf icon to the venue where he won his first Major in 1997 grew after he was included in the tentative entry list for the tournament. The frenzy increased as he completed a practice round and then confirmed he was going to the first tee.
After an opening round of 71, he inevitably faded to finish in 47th place with 13 over par. In doing so, he defied the doubters who claimed he wasn’t physically fit to run 72 holes on a course as grueling as Augusta.
Immediately afterwards he was coy about his upcoming schedule but confirmed he would be on the British coast for the Open Championship this summer: “I’m looking forward to St Andrews,” he said. “It’s something that’s very close to my heart and I’ve won two Opens there, at the Home of Golf, it’s my favorite golf course in the world. I will be there for that one.”
Then he wasn’t so sure about this week’s US PGA in Southern Hills. However, after the tournament’s official Twitter account confirmed that he had completed a practice round in Oklahoma, confirmation came that he would be playing.
He is now unaccompanied by Phil Mickleson, who was due to return from an indefinite hiatus from the Gulf following his controversial behavior on the Saudi-backed Breakaway Tour. Despite being the defending champion after his win at Kiawah Island last year, the 51-year-old retired last week.
Post-PGA, Woods is expected to continue his major case rota by playing at the US Open at The Country Club in Brookline, which begins June 16. Once again, the former world No. 1 was added to the event’s provisional entry list.
However, it seems he won’t be leaving for Scotland without being prepared for British conditions. He will compete in the sixth JP McManus Pro-Am, which will be held at future Ryder Cup venue Adare Manor from July 4th.
Last month organizers tweeted, “We are thrilled to announce that Tiger Woods will be playing at the 2022 JP McManus Pro-Am.” The two-day tournament comes just 10 days before The Open on July 14th.
The American is yet to give any indication as to whether he will play past the end of the ‘main season’ in July. But no doubt he’ll be one of the main draws again this week at Southern Hills as he continues to defy logic with his comeback.