Tiger Woods battling major concern at Masters as golf legend poses question at Augusta - 'It's just'

Tiger Woods battling major concern at Masters as golf legend poses question at Augusta - 'It's just'

WATCH NOW: Tiger Woods discusses his chances at the Masters

Lewis Winter

By Lewis Winter

Published: 12/04/2024

- 14:08

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Dame Laura Davies claims the only concern she has for Tiger Woods is whether he can walk through 72 holes at the Masters.

Woods was forced to end his first round early on Thursday due to poor weather and now must squeeze in five extra holes in the final three days if he makes the cut.

The five-time champion is making just his second competitive appearance of 2024 as he continues to limit his schedule following a long list of injuries.

He withdrew midway through the Genesis Invitational in February due to illness and hasn't played an event since.

Tiger Woods

Masters: Dame Laura Davies says her only concern is if Tiger Woods can walk the course


Woods was one over through 13 when he had to end his first round early on Thursday.

Davies said on Sky Sports afterwards that the main problem the 48-year-old faces is whether his body can cope with the rigours of walking the course.

She insisted the early signs were good but he was only through 13 holes of a possible 72 at the time.

Davies said: "It was a fantastic effort. We weren't worried about his golf - he'd been hitting it well on the range all week - but could he walk round the course?

"He looked really solid. By the end of the day, he was still striding out.

"He only hit seven of 13 greens, but his short game really saved him... it was mustard today.

"He had some really difficult chips and handled them beautifully on 11 and 12, getting up and down and saving pars.

"If he can get a couple early tomorrow, three under or two under would be a great start for Tiger."

Woods bogeyed his first hole on Friday and Davies again said his chances rested on whether he can keep walking.

She said: "Yeah shame because it's a difficult drive, 14, it's straight into the sun this morning.

"He hit it straight down the middle and it looked like he almost duffed it the second shot and then a bit of a heavy-handed shot. So one over, back to level for the tournament.

"But he looked strong walking yesterday. I don't think we'll worry about his golf because his golf looks good. It's just whether he can walk."


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The conditions were a lot calmer on Friday and Davies reckoned Woods could take advantage of that.

She added: "There is the odd gust, especially down at Amen Corner. We've just seen a couple of tee shots come up short in the front bunker, so that means it's messing with them.

"But yes without a doubt last night that got really windy and it was causing all sorts of problems.

"A lot of players dropping a lot of shots coming in. So it could be a good break.

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"But on the flip side they've obviously got to go out there and walk.

"For the rest of them, it's not a big deal. 30 holes, 28 holes, whatever they've got to play today, it's not that big a deal.

"But for Tiger it's hopefully not going to be a big deal."

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