All eyes have been on Tiger Woods forward of the 86th Masters at Augusta Nationwide.
Lower than 14 months after struggling extreme accidents to his proper leg in a automobile accident, Woods had defied the percentages as soon as once more by recovering in time to take his place within the 91-man subject for the yr’s first main championship.
“It’s simply actually wonderful,” Masters chairman Fred Ridley stated in his annual pre-tournament press convention. “I don’t even know the way else to say it.
“I might have in all probability taken some fairly excessive odds a couple of weeks or a couple of months in the past whether or not or not he could be right here.
“However when you concentrate on it, it actually shouldn’t shock us. He is without doubt one of the most decided, devoted athletes that I’ve ever seen in my life.
“I noticed him final Tuesday when he was out practising, he was in nice spirits and had (his son) Charlie with him.
“It was attention-grabbing in his press convention that he stated the one actual challenge is strolling, that his golf swing’s effective. So who is aware of what would possibly occur this week. However we’re excited he’s right here.”
Is there something new for 2022?
Tom Watson, who received the Masters in 1977 and 1981, joins fellow former champions Gary Participant and Jack Nicklaus as an honorary starter. The 72-year-old made his debut as an novice in 1970 and an additional 42 consecutive appearances from 1975 to 2016. Regardless of not competing within the Masters, Watson received the par-three contest in 2018 on the age of 68, making him the oldest ever winner of the occasion. Since Arnold Palmer’s loss of life in 2016, Palmer and Nicklaus have began the Masters as a twosome, however have been joined by Lee Elder final yr.
Spain’s Jon Rahm has completed within the high 10 in every of the final 4 years within the Masters (2018 4th, 2019 T9, 2020 T7, 2021 T5) and will have some further motivation to say a second main title after dropping his standing as world primary.
Key tee occasions
1534BST – Tiger Woods, Louis Oosthuizen, Joaquin Niemann1556BST – Adam Scott, Scottie Scheffler, Tony Finau1841BST – Will Zalatoris, Patrick Cantlay, Jon Rahm1903BST – Matt Fitzpatrick, Brooks Koepka, Rory McIlroy
Scattered thunderstorms remained attainable on Wednesday night, however the chilly entrance passing by on Thursday morning was forecast to carry an finish to the rain. Clearing skies and breezy circumstances are then anticipated the remainder of the day. A 40 per cent probability of early morning showers and thunderstorms till 8am, then turning into largely sunny and breezy, with winds of 10-15mph, gusting as much as 23mph.