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Golf-Woods return to Masters would be ‘phenomenal’, says McIlroy

By March 30, 2022Sports games

Rory McIlroy said on Wednesday it would be “phenomenal” for Tiger Woods to return to competition at next week’s Masters, adding that the game of golf is better every time the 15-time Major champion plays. McIlroy, speaking to reporters at TPC San Antonio ahead of this week’s Valero Texas Open, was asked what Woods’ potential appearance at the April 7-10 Masters would do for the build-up to the first major of the year.

“For golf and for the Masters tournament and for everyone to have Tiger there would be phenomenal. I think it just adds to the event. Obviously it does,” McIlroy said. . “Everything Tiger Woods does in the game of golf is reinforced every time he’s there. I mean, it would be great for him to be there.”

Woods, who is recovering from career-threatening leg injuries sustained in a car accident in February 2021, was at Augusta National Golf Club on Tuesday where he would have played the entire course. Per tournament protocol, Woods’ name will remain on the list of competitors that appears on the Masters website unless the five-time champion notifies Augusta National that he will not be participating.

“The will and the perseverance, yes, it’s incredible. If he comes back from that, it’s just that he likes to prove people wrong, he likes to prove himself wrong, I think”, McIlroy said. “It doesn’t matter when he comes back, whether it’s next week or a few weeks, a few months later, he’s a wonderful addition to the game and the game of golf is better when he plays and when he plays well.”

McIlroy, who next week will attempt to complete the career Grand Slam by winning all four of golf’s major championships, has spent the last two days at Augusta National. The 32-year-old Northern Irishman said he wanted to get a head start on preparations, especially as Augusta National have made some course changes since last year’s Masters.

“I just wanted to go out there and see it for myself and do a bit of a reconnaissance trip that I haven’t really done in the last two years. Maybe it’s a little bit different,” McIlroy said. “But it was good to be there, good to see the place…I don’t feel like there’s any rush to go there next week and prepare. I have the feel like I’ve done most of my work already, which is a nice feeling.”

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