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Sports Tiger Woods at The Masters: Live updates from Thursday's opening round at Augusta National

15:05  07 april  2022
15:05  07 april  2022 Source:   usatoday.com

Woods arrives at Augusta National as Masters talk mounts

  Woods arrives at Augusta National as Masters talk mounts Tiger Woods flew to Augusta National on Tuesday, sparking even greater speculation the Masters next week could be his first time competing against the best since a car crash 14 months ago severely injured his right leg. Various plane-tracking websites showed a Gulfstream registered to Woods leaving South Florida at about 9 a.m., and the twitter handle “Eureka Earth” showed the private jet on the runway at Augusta's regional airport. SI.com'sVarious plane-tracking websites showed a Gulfstream registered to Woods leaving South Florida at about 9 a.m., and the twitter handle “Eureka Earth” showed the private jet on the runway at Augusta's regional airport.

Less than 14 months after a near-fatal car crash, Tiger Woods makes his return to the hallowed grounds of Augusta National for the 86th Masters tournament.

With spring in the air and the azaleas in full bloom, play begins Thursday morning in the first of golf's four major championships with one dominant story line. Can Woods make it up and down Augusta's famed hills on an injured leg he wasn't sure he'd be ever be able to walk on not long ago?

Tiger Woods and his caddie, Joe LaCava, walk up to the No. 13 green during a practice round Wednesday at Augusta National Golf Club. © Michael Madrid, USA TODAY Sports Tiger Woods and his caddie, Joe LaCava, walk up to the No. 13 green during a practice round Wednesday at Augusta National Golf Club.

If he is able to make it through 18 holes on Day 1, will he be able to do it again on Day 2? Even if he does all that, will he be able to play at the elite level needed to make the cut and continue to the weekend?

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And even then, is there the slightest chance he might contend? Or possibly ... win a sixth green jacket? The world awaits the answers. Woods will tee off alongside Louis Oosthuizen at 11:04 a.m. ET.

Hole locations for the first round

Today's pin placements for each hole.

Weather delay at The Masters

The 2022 Masters won't begin on time because of thunderstorms in the area, Augusta National Golf Club said in a news release. Gate openings and tee times will be delayed by 30 minutes. That means the first tee time will be at 8:30 a.m. ET, and the Honorary Starters Ceremony will be at 8:15 a.m.

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Phil Mickelson declined invitation to this year's Masters

AUGUSTA, Georgia — Phil Mickelson was not disinvited from the Masters, Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley told the media Wednesday in his annual pre-tournament press conference. Ridley said the three-time Masters champion informed him via text message that he would not be competing in this year's tournament.

Mickelson announced in February that he was taking a leave of absence from golf. He last competed in January at the PGA Tour's Farmers Insurance Open.

Mickelson finds himself in the midst of a heated controversy for derogatory comments he made about the PGA Tour and its commissioner, Jay Monahan, as well as the Saudi Arabian regime that's backing a breakaway league led by Greg Norman.

"I know I have not been my best," Mickelson wrote in February, "and desperately need some time away to prioritize the ones I love most and work on being the man I want to be."

Will Tiger Woods win his sixth green jacket? Oddsmakers list golfing great as longshot at 2022 Masters

  Will Tiger Woods win his sixth green jacket? Oddsmakers list golfing great as longshot at 2022 Masters Tiger Woods' return to competitive golf at The Masters inspires bettors, but bookmakers list the five-time champion as a longshot at Augusta.Tipico Sportsbook established Woods, 46, as a 50/1 selection to win the tournament — a position behind more than 20 others.

-- Beth Ann Nichols, Golfweek

Tiger Woods a betting favorite at Masters, but still a longshot to win

Tiger Woods' decision to return to competitive golf — a Masters appearance 14 months after his harrowing car crash — stirred bettors to support a longshot sixth title for the golfing great.

Tipico Sportsbook established Woods, 46, as a 50/1 selection to win the tournament — a position behind more than 20 others.

Other shops posted far less hopeful figures.

While FanDuel Sportsbook also set Woods’ odds of winning the Masters at 50/1, the Las Vegas SuperBook listed him at 60/1.

The Masters favorite at Tipico is Jon Rahm (+1000), followed by the formidable field of Justin Thomas (+1300), Cameron Smith and Scottie Scheffler (+1500).

The group gets crowded with Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Cantlay, Brooks Koepka, Viktor Hovland, Xander Schauffele, Collin Morikawa and Rory McIlroy all listed at 20/1.

-- Lance Pugmire

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Tiger Woods at The Masters: Live updates from Thursday's opening round at Augusta National

Masters notebook: For Champ, 10th place means a 2023 invite .
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Scottie Scheffler can play in the Masters forever now. That’s a perk that comes with winning at Augusta National. Cameron Champ knows he can play at Augusta National in 2023. For him, that was a win as well. Champ finished tied for 10th at the Masters, and that means he’ll be invited back next season. Augusta National has plenty of ways for players to qualify — wins, world ranking, performance in other majors — plus rewards those who do especially well at the Masters. Anyone in the top 12 one year can come back the following year, so Champ knows that invitation will be in the mail as next spring looms.

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