From the moment he first saw the long-term forecast, Tiger Woods had to be dreading Saturday at the Masters.
He had to be thinking that a test of willpower and pain tolerance would confront him at Augusta National, presenting a far more forbidding challenge than the extra yardage added to the 13th hole.
In fact, his longtime caddie and counselor Joe LaCava saw the moment of truth coming from a mile away. Team Tiger doesn’t often deal in the currency of negative hypotheticals, but with his right leg badly damaged from his single-car wreck in 2021, the 47-year-old Woods has no choice but to acknowledge the storms around him, and to concede that every Masters appearance could be his last.
Including this one.
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