Former Masters champion Trevor Immelman has expressed his hope that golf legend Tiger Woods could take part in as many as seven tournaments this calendar year.
“I spent some time with him in the Bahamas [in December]. He was in pain, and that’s why he was unable to play down there, which was disappointing.
“He said to me that he’d been hitting a lot of balls, the game felt pretty good, it’s just being able to walk and play at the same time. It’s a lot to ask right now.
“I hope he plays seven events. That will mean that his body is working about as well as he can expect, and I think if he gets seven starts, he’ll have one tournament where he’ll give himself a shot at it.”
Possible Masters participation
Immelman also spoke to Reuters to predict that the golf legend will be fit enough to feature in the Masters that will take place at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia in April.
“I spent quite a lot of time with him towards the end of last year and as always he’s working hard,” Immelman noted.
“His work ethic is unparalleled and he is trying to do everything he can to live a functional life for his family but also to be able to compete. I do anticipate him playing the Masters.
“He has to make sure he is really ready to walk that course four or five days in a row. That for me would be the only question mark for him because his game looked pretty good when I seen him.”