Tiger Woods told his toughest test at the Masters as he enters major as world No. 950

April 7, 2024

Tiger Woods will aim to complete his first PGA Tour event in nearly 14 months, following a string of injuries and health battles, but it’s a tournament he’s won five times beforeTiger WoodsTiger Woods’ toughest battle will come on the course itselfBy Neil McLeman22:38, 6 Apr 2024UPDATED22:44, 6 Apr 2024Tiger Woods’ biggest test at the Masters will be walking all 72 holes at hilly Augusta National, according to his former coach Butch Harmon.The 15-time Grand Slam champion is set to make his return to competitive action in the first Major of the season next week. Woods, now 48, has not finished a PGA Tour event for nearly 14 months after pulling out of the Masters in the third round last year then withdrawing from the Genesis Invitational in February.The American superstar nearly had his lower right leg amputated following his February 2021 car crash in Los Angeles and has struggled to walk since. Harmon, now 80, worked with Woods from 1993-2004 when he won his first eight Majors.And the Sky Sports analyst does not doubt the world No. 950’s ability to play his way round the course where he has won five times.READ MORE: Tiger Woods makes big Masters decision after slipping to No.950 in rankingsREAD MORE: LIV Golf stars sent defiant message ahead of Masters as Butch Harmon solves OWGR issueBut Harmon admitted how well Woods will compete this week is “the million-dollar question”. The Las Vegas-based coach added: “I think we can expect Tiger’s game to be pretty sharp; he wouldn’t play if he didn’t think he was. The problem is, can he walk? That’s one of the hardest walking golf courses that we play all year long. It’s very hilly, a lot of side hill lies and uneven lies.“If you remember our telecast last year, when he made the cut, I actually said on air on Sky that as much as we love having Tiger in the field, I really wish he hadn’t made the cut because I didn’t think he could walk another 18 holes, and it turned out he couldn’t.“Now we all know with Tiger you never say never. I can remember back in 2019, everyone asked me if Tiger Woods could ever win the masters, and I said I doubted it because he hadn’t played, but all you’ve gotta do is tell him he can’t do something and he will try and prove you wrong. That’s his mentality, that’s one of the reasons he was the best in the world. You know we all love it when he plays; he brings another level of excitement.”