Tiger Woods’ plane in Augusta but status for Masters still uncertain

Tiger Woods walks with caddie Joe LaCava to a green during Wednesday's pro-am prior to the Phoenix Open. (Getty Images)

Tiger Woods struggled at the recent Phoenix Open, failing to make the cut. (Getty Images)

Tiger Woods is in Augusta. Or at least, we know that his plane is.

Scott Michaux of the Augusta Chronicle reported that Woods, who missed last year’s Masters because of a back injury and is in danger of missing this year’s tournament, which begins April 9, has not yet been spotted in Augusta but his private jet is parked at the city’s airport. From Michaux’s story:

Buzz has been swirling that Tiger Woods would be practicing at Augusta National Golf Club this week, and it seems the four-time Masters Tournament champion is working out the kinks in his game today in Augusta.

A plane matching the tail numbers of Tiger Woods’ Gulfstream G5 was parked in front of the terminal for private aircraft at Augusta Regional Airport this morning.

Who knew the 104th ranked golfer in the world could create such intrigue?

There is no guarantee Woods will play in the Masters. Actually, the fact that his camp has been so secretive about his status suggests that decision still hasn’t been made.

For what it’s worth: PGA Tour events mandate that competitors inform tournament officials no later than 5 p.m. Friday the week before the even if they are withdrawing. But the Masters operates differently. Entrants need not register until just before their scheduled opening round tee time on Thursday. So theoretically, Woods’ uncertain status could linger into next week.

Woods hasn’t played in an event since withdrawing after 11 holes of the Farmers Insurance Open on Feb. 5. He then announced he was taking an indefinite leave of absence to work on his game. His struggles of late have been as much about his mental state and the resulting flaws in his game as they have been about his health.

Many were surprised when he recently pulled out of the Arnold Palmer Invitational and took that as a sign he would miss the Masters for the second straight year. He later released a statement, reading: “I’ve put in a lot of time and work on my game and I’m making strides, but like I’ve said, I won’t return to the PGA Tour until my game is tournament ready and I can compete at the highest level. I hope to be ready for the Masters, and I will continue to work hard preparing for Augusta.”

Since December of 2013, Woods has had only one top 10 finish in 10 events (finishing second in the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge). That includes three missed cuts and two withdrawals. Woods currently ranks 104th in the world golf rankings. But he continues to drive TV ratings and interest on the Tour. The Masters last year had its worst ratings since 1993, largely because of Woods’ absence.

HERE A link to the full column on MyAJC.com

EARLIER: Are Braves really second-worst team in majors (thank you, Philly)?


Some recent ramblings from the digital jukebox
— AJC: Are Braves really second-worst team in majors (thank you, Philly)?
— AJC: Falcons will pay appropriate penalties for dumb decision
— MyAJC: Paul Millsap: The 6-8 kid who couldn’t dunk now leading Hawks
— AJC: Hawks clinch East, act like it’s no big deal (which is probably good)
— MyAJC: NBA needs to curtail resting of players
— AJC: Will Falcons, others avoid losing draft picks this year?
— MyAJC: Basketball is where Georgia State’s focus should be
— AJC: New reality at Georgia State: What Ron Hunter wants, he gets
— MyAJC: Hawks get drilled, and concerns may be growing
— MyAJC: Georgia better but still not where it needs to be
— AJC: Mark Fox returns subtle fire at Brian Gregory before tournament
— MyAJC: Gregory knows he needs to make most of his extended lifeline
— AJC: Gregory says he gave Izzo ‘everything’ he has on Georgia
— AJC: Timing is everything, as Tech keeps Gregory
— AJC: Tech expected to keep Gregory, but former coach (Hewitt) fired again
— MyAJC: Column on Quinn, Dimitroff defending moves, philosophy
— AJC: Exclusive: Q&A with Quinn, Dimitroff on Falcons’ moves
— MyAJC: Tech’s candidate pool may be thin if Gregory fired
— AJC: Tech’s decision on Brian Gregory tougher than you might think
— MyAJC: Georgia erratic but ceiling high in tournament
— AJC: NCAA tourney: Dogs should be in, Panthers must do a little more
— MyAJC: Georgia State at center of state’s hoops’ rebirth
— AJC: Jim Boeheim’s arrogance catches up to him
— AJC: Erving says Hawks should do better job embracing their history
— MyAJC: Hank Aaron knows exactly how Dominique Wilkins feels
— MyAJC: Despite loss, Fox has Georgia pointed in right direction
— AJC: Mark Fox deserved contract extension (which he finally signed)
— AJC: Falcons, Ndamukong Suh and waiting on fake noise penalty
— AJC: Falcons’ payroll slash continues — Blalock, Douglas released
— AJC: Steven Jackson expected to be missing piece, but he wasn’t
— MyAJC: Can Kevin Seitzer avoid being Braves’ next scapegoat
— AJC: Freeman on ’14 roster: Heyward leading off not well-constructed lineup
— MyAJC: By any name, Braves need a different Upton
— AJC: How long should Braves give Upton to show improvement?
— MyAJC: Braves have issues but McDowell not one of them

 

Reader Comments 0

24 comments
Ron Mexico
Ron Mexico

Of course he's playing in the Masters. He won't miss it 2 years in a row. For his sake, he better have been working on his chipping and putting because these greens won't be kind to a dysfunctional short game. 



SOB
SOB

I hope he doesn't play (coward). If he does play, I hope he shoots twin 85's and gets cut. This constantly cursing, club slinging idiot is a disgrace to the game of golf. Period. This non role model for every human on the planet needs to go away...for good.

GTBob
GTBob

@SOB Do you feel the same way about Rory McIllroy or Bubba Watson who have shown some of the same behavior that you described above? Are they disgraces to the game of golf?

Ned Ludd
Ned Ludd

@GTBob.... I don't share his unique...ahhhhh...qualifications and ...errrrrrrrrr...experiences.

or for that matter his (double) standards. Can't help but admire his talent as a golfer -not as a person....Would you have cheated on Elin? Hell no---I'd be hauling tail home! He woulda gotten away with it if it weren't for that blue dress..oops...I mean fire hydrant!

Be nice---Go Jackets----Yellow and Green!


welcometotheclub
welcometotheclub

Tiger has contributed more to the popularity of the tour and player income than any other golfer in the past 20 years. Whether you love him or hate him, you tune in to see him succeed or fail. He is a gold mine to any tournament he enters, and to the network who covers it. Jack's record for majors may never be broken, but it was fun to watch Tiger whittle away at the record in his heyday. Now that it is clear the record won't be broken by Tiger, his detractors can take delight in his failures. Little minded people love it when the King's shortcomings are exposed..and by the way, I grew up watching Jack and considered him the greatest golfer of my lifetime. But what most people don't know is, Jack is an a..hole not well liked by his peers. Tiger is no saint on the tour either, but can you imagine the excitement if Tiger is once again in contention on the second nine at Augusta on Sunday afternoon?

khd713
khd713

Unfortunately, the AJC comment box won't let me reply to it directly, but I just love the first comment on here from Wilbo where he talks about Tiger's "15 minutes of fame". Now, I know that is a figurative expression coined by Andy Warhol, but calling Tiger's legacy "15 minutes of fame" seems either absurdly hyperbolic or exceedingly ignorant. He's won 14 majors and has 79 career PGA victories, second-most all-time. He will go down as the second greatest golfer ever, and to witness his skill and mental acumen in his prime was a real privilege for our generation. I don't know if it says more about Tiger or the rest of the field, but no other athlete has ever been so intimidating and dominating for such an extended period of time. Except for his personal problems, he was on pace to become the greatest golfer in history and by a long shot. His achievements on the golf course will endure for a lot longer than 15 minutes, I can assure you.

PJ25
PJ25

@khd713 So he's had his 45 minutes of fame?  He's peaked and currently he's washed up.  Every dog has their day.

Yes, he was great, years ago. 

GTBob
GTBob

@Andy123 He was PGA player of the year just two years ago. 

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

@GTBob @Ned Ludd I don't know when Ned last won the award but he has finished in the top 10 the last 6 years.  Look it up!!!!

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

@youwantmetopay  Yes there was.  John Daly's wife got a 4 day pass from the Federal Pen just so she could be inside the ropes, if you know what I mean.

AlwaysReady
AlwaysReady

Tiger gets no pimento cheese sandwich this year.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

@AlwaysReady   I bet he got an egg salad at the turn?  I wonder if they still cost $1.35?  It has been since 2009 since my last visit.

PJ25
PJ25

There must be a Waffle House waitress in heat somewhere in Augusta. 

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

@Andy123  Tiger gets shut out on this one.  John Daly has that Waffle House market cornered.

GTBob
GTBob

It will be good for Golf and the Masters if Tiger is out there. His game may not be in good enough shape yet but just an appearance would make a big difference. 

ChefTimDix
ChefTimDix

Tiger's in Augusta, Glutes in Jupiter.

Wilbo
Wilbo

Man, you talk about somebody whose 15 minutes of fame has been erroneously extended.


Bye-bye, Tiger, you simpering jerk.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

@Wilbo  15 min of fame??????  You must be thinking of Trevor Immelman?  15 min of fame does not get you a G-5 or an estate on Jupiter Island.

Wilbo
Wilbo

OKay, 20. Just because you have a plane doesn't make you any less yesterday's news, or any less of a jerk.