Zürcher Nachrichten - Woods aims to pull off another Masters miracle

EUR -
AED 4.000922
AFN 77.160606
ALL 100.490321
AMD 423.173682
ANG 1.963488
AOA 953.663079
ARS 1001.088177
AUD 1.607457
AWG 1.962333
AZN 1.854762
BAM 1.956576
BBD 2.199683
BDT 128.010776
BGN 1.950666
BHD 0.410663
BIF 3136.558534
BMD 1.089277
BND 1.462887
BOB 7.527951
BRL 5.90917
BSD 1.089437
BTN 90.998548
BWP 14.672887
BYN 3.564763
BYR 21349.830549
BZD 2.195981
CAD 1.486988
CDF 3123.499047
CHF 0.975796
CLF 0.036103
CLP 996.189718
CNY 7.89769
CNH 7.923864
COP 4317.513054
CRC 569.428481
CUC 1.089277
CUP 28.865842
CVE 110.310274
CZK 25.330374
DJF 193.977833
DKK 7.461603
DOP 64.395839
DZD 146.722198
EGP 52.382351
ERN 16.339156
ETB 62.939254
FJD 2.419066
FKP 0.839354
GBP 0.839707
GEL 2.973392
GGP 0.839354
GHS 16.777886
GIP 0.839354
GMD 73.798932
GNF 9378.763198
GTQ 8.458472
GYD 227.829324
HKD 8.504969
HNL 26.983827
HRK 7.524672
HTG 143.997779
HUF 392.314398
IDR 17607.564715
ILS 3.941224
IMP 0.839354
INR 90.977398
IQD 1427.185756
IRR 45844.945383
ISK 149.318034
JEP 0.839354
JMD 170.808536
JOD 0.771971
JPY 172.072838
KES 138.904395
KGS 92.912524
KHR 4472.794694
KMF 493.769177
KPW 980.349743
KRW 1506.122059
KWD 0.333079
KYD 0.907873
KZT 516.68206
LAK 24122.900692
LBP 97560.041284
LKR 329.585271
LRD 212.445243
LSL 19.598744
LTL 3.216352
LVL 0.658893
LYD 5.28412
MAD 10.692292
MDL 19.250901
MGA 4871.954856
MKD 61.549414
MMK 3537.929429
MNT 3758.006264
MOP 8.761296
MRU 43.131108
MUR 50.847279
MVR 16.829315
MWK 1889.057978
MXN 19.275792
MYR 5.091269
MZN 69.604795
NAD 19.598744
NGN 1762.068862
NIO 40.106092
NOK 11.703394
NPR 145.59642
NZD 1.786784
OMR 0.420199
PAB 1.089427
PEN 4.096825
PGK 4.26271
PHP 63.724345
PKR 303.299298
PLN 4.254536
PYG 8214.295959
QAR 3.97253
RON 4.964381
RSD 117.078652
RUB 95.452372
RWF 1427.272688
SAR 4.08566
SBD 9.192866
SCR 15.199769
SDG 654.655655
SEK 11.491813
SGD 1.461705
SHP 0.839354
SLE 24.887043
SLL 22841.599486
SOS 622.649836
SRD 32.248032
STD 22545.836083
SVC 9.532913
SYP 2736.841716
SZL 19.607868
THB 39.431198
TJS 11.602555
TMT 3.81247
TND 3.378387
TOP 2.566827
TRY 36.086796
TTD 7.395035
TWD 35.498405
TZS 2892.031058
UAH 44.688731
UGX 4030.580255
USD 1.089277
UYU 43.667521
UZS 13786.468492
VEF 3945963.406368
VES 39.735359
VND 27683.976704
VUV 129.321193
WST 3.053906
XAF 656.220306
XAG 0.035313
XAU 0.000452
XCD 2.943825
XDR 0.825131
XOF 656.220306
XPF 119.331742
YER 272.67333
ZAR 19.598197
ZMK 9804.803079
ZMW 27.86218
ZWL 350.746772
  • RBGPF

    0.0000

    56.9

    0%

  • BCC

    1.7800

    125.12

    +1.42%

  • SCS

    0.1800

    13.48

    +1.34%

  • AZN

    1.2800

    79.22

    +1.62%

  • RIO

    0.4400

    68.52

    +0.64%

  • RELX

    0.6900

    46.39

    +1.49%

  • BTI

    0.3800

    32.61

    +1.17%

  • RYCEF

    -0.0400

    5.83

    -0.69%

  • NGG

    -0.7000

    62.15

    -1.13%

  • GSK

    0.2600

    39.16

    +0.66%

  • CMSC

    0.0100

    24.43

    +0.04%

  • BCE

    0.2000

    32.47

    +0.62%

  • VOD

    -0.0500

    9.14

    -0.55%

  • JRI

    0.0400

    12.46

    +0.32%

  • BP

    0.1400

    35.19

    +0.4%

  • CMSD

    0.0400

    24.67

    +0.16%

Woods aims to pull off another Masters miracle
Woods aims to pull off another Masters miracle

Woods aims to pull off another Masters miracle

Tiger Woods plans to tee it up in the Masters on Thursday, gunning for a record-equalling sixth green jacket in what would be the most miraculous resurgence of a career studded with epic comebacks.

Text size:

Woods last played 17 months ago, in the pandemic-delayed 2020 Masters.

His lower right leg is knit together with the "hardware" of stabilizing rods and screws inserted after he suffered devastating injuries in a February 2021 single-car crash.

Woods spent three months in a hospital bed, more time in a wheelchair before graduating to crutches, and now thinks he can not only walk the rolling, 7,510-yard Augusta National course for four rounds, but also give himself a chance to match Jack Nicklaus's record of six Masters titles.

"I do," Woods said when asked outright if he thought he could win.

Through years of injury and comebacks, Woods has always said he wouldn't enter a tournament he didn't think he could win.

He won the 2008 US Open with a broken leg and torn knee ligament. It would be more than a decade, and five back surgeries later, before he won his next major title at the 2019 Masters, taking his career tally to 15.

"You know, 72 holes is a long road, and it's going to be a tough challenge and a challenge that I'm up for," Woods said.

"I don't have to worry about ball striking or the game of golf, it's actually just the hills out here. That's going to be the challenge, it's going to be the challenge of a major marathon."

Defending champion Hideki Matsuyama is in a race for fitness. Rory McIlroy is still chasing the Masters title that would complete his career Grand Slam.

Scottie Scheffler arrives at the first major of the year as a newly minted world number one. But Spain's second-ranked Jon Rahm is one of five players who could topple Scheffler from his perch.

The others are British Open champion Collin Morikawa, US PGA FedEx Cup champion Patrick Cantlay, rising Norwegian star Viktor Hovland and Aussie Cameron Smith -- who shot four rounds in the 60s in 2020 in a runner-up finish to Dustin Johnson at Augusta.

The contenders have been greeted this year by significant changes to several holes at the iconic Georgia course.

But every story pales in comparison to that of Woods and his bid to claim another Masters title, 25 years after his first in 1997 launched a new era in golf.

From the moment Woods played a practice round at Augusta National last week, speculation has been rampant.

Fans and pundits have scrutinized his every move: his swing, his demeanor, his gait, even his shoes -- which are not those of long-time sponsor Nike but of rival brand FootJoy, which Woods said provide the support he now requires.

Nike, he was quick to add, is working to create a product that will suit his new needs.

- Feeling the energy -

Woods's tweet on Sunday that it would be a "game-time decision" as to whether he played only served to fire up fans.

Those lucky enough to have practice-round tickets have flocked to watch him.

"It was good to feel the energy again," Woods said.

"Really cool," Woods's friend Justin Thomas said of the huge crowds that followed their practice round.

"I think something like that is going to just help him get through the week and being able to feed off that energy, use the adrenaline. It's definitely going to be helpful."

Woods's final preparations on Wednesday could be impacted by the storms that rolled in on Tuesday.

But the forecast for the tournament days is largely fine, and the painstakingly maintained Augusta National course will no doubt provide a perfect stage for whatever Woods drama unfolds.

"I think the fact that I was able to get myself here to this point is a success," Woods said. "Now everything is focused on how do I get myself into the position where I'm on that back nine on Sunday with a chance."

P.E.Steiner--NZN