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Tiger Woods: The eyes of the world on the five-time Masters winner in Augusta

Five-time Masters champion Woods will play in Group 14, alongside South African Louis Oosthuizen and Chilean Joaquin Niemann, although the first round of the 2022 Masters tournament at Augusta National Golf Club has been delayed due to bad weather in Augusta, Georgia.

“Due to thunderstorms early in the morning on Thursday, gate hours will be delayed by 30 minutes,” the Masters said in a statement Thursday.

“The Honorary Starters will take place at 8:15 am, followed by the first tee time at 8:30 am”

Previously, Woods was scheduled to tee off at 10:34 a.m. ET while his group was scheduled to tee off for round two at 1:41 p.m. ET on Friday.

“It’s a miraculous thing,” said 1992 Masters winner Fred Couples. “Fourteen months ago I was bawling like a baby every day, and now…he looks strong.

“I know the leg is hurt, but he’s hitting it far enough to play this course, and he’s playing this course as well as he does, he’s won a lot here, he knows what to do.”

Speculation began to mount over Woods’ participation in the tournament when his private jet was spotted landing at an airport near Augusta last week.

Since his car accident, Woods has only appeared in public on a golf course once – at the PNC Championship in December with his son Charlie.

After almost completely dominating men’s golf early in his career, Woods’ career took a downward spiral.

However, the Masters was the scene of another seemingly impossible comeback when Woods claimed victory in 2019, ending an 11-year wait between his 14th and 15th major wins.

“It’s Tiger Woods so I’m not worried about him hitting a ball because he’s the best player I’ve ever seen play,” Couples added.

“He’s won so many times, and he’s just not a guy to go and do anything mediocre. He’ll compete and he’ll be ready to ride. I think it’s amazing for him to be here.”

Homero De La Fuente contributed to this report.

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