Tiger Woods is one of the greatest golfers of all time, but after overcoming countless potentially career-ending injuries, including those from his most recent life-threatening car accident, the 82-time PGA Tour winner is unsure if players are focused on beating him, specifically, this week.
"Whether I'm a threat or not, who knows," Woods said during his press conference at Augusta National on Tuesday. "People probably didn't think I was a threat in '19 either and that turned out ok."
While it appears as though Woods' more recent leg injuries from the February 2021 car accident have had a bigger impact on his golf abilities than his back problems of the past, the 15-time major winner is no stranger to achieving the impossible.
After countless back surgeries, Woods pulled off one of the most iconic Masters moments of all time when he earned his fifth Masters victory at Augusta National back in 2019.
Three years later, the Hall of Famer pulled off another iconic Masters triumph by making the cut last year, barely a year removed from his accident.
This year, Woods will be making his 25th Masters appearance, 26 years after winning his first Masters in 1997.
On Tuesday, Woods said he believes he has improved since last year's trip to Augusta.
"I think my game is better than it was last year," he said. "My endurance is better, but it aches a little bit more."
The 47-year-old has only played in one tournament so far this year, his own Genesis Invitational back in mid-February where he finished tied for 45th. In his three major appearances last year, he finished 47th at The Masters, withdrew from the PGA Championship, and missed the cut at St Andrews.