Golf Update: Woods to Miss 2021 Masters as He Recovers from Crash Injuries
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Five-time Masters champion Tiger Woods will miss the 2021 tournament as he is recovering from severe leg injuries inflicted in a car crash in February. His absence will be a major development in the world of golf. It would mean the 15-time major champion won’t be participating in the event. He won’t equal Jack Nicklaus’ six green jackets. He is just two titles away from tying Nicklaus’ 18 majors. Woods is tied with Sam Snead for the all-time record for the most US PGA victories (82).
The 45-year-old superstar is recovering at his home in Florida for more than a month. This happened after his car flew off the road and flipped several times in Southern California. The doctors took several hours to repair his shattered lower right leg and ankle. They inserted a rod into his tibia and placed screws and pins to stabilize the joint. On Thursday, Masters organizers will pay tribute to the first black golfer to play in the event – Lee Elder. He is scheduled to hit a ceremonial tee shot alongside honorary starters Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.
Woods on His Road to Recovery
Woods, who is expected to have a lengthy recovery, also paid tribute to Elder, describing him as a “pioneer” that broke the color barrier and paved the way for golfers of color to play in the Masters. The golfing great was recovering from his fifth back surgery when the car crash took place. His last major title was in the 2019 Masters when he completed a storied comeback from multiple back operations to win his fifth green jacket.
His absence from the Masters comes days before the 20th anniversary of the so-called “Tiger Slam” as he won the 2000 US Open, British Open, and PGA Championships, as well as the 2001 Masters in successive fashion. This will be bad news for golf betting sites that consistently mention Woods as one of the favorites to win the event. The 85th edition of the Masters will be held on April 8-11 at the Augusta National.
Other Parbusters to Watch Out for in 2021 Masters
Defending champion and world number one Dustin Johnson will be favored to duplicate his record-breaking win in the 2020 Masters, according to oddsmakers betting 2021 Masters. Johnson will attempt to duplicate Woods’ back-to-back in the 2001 and 2002 editions. However, here are four guys who will make it difficult for Johnson and his objective to repeat.
The fifth-ranked long-hitter is no stranger to winning major tournaments. DeChambeau took home the US Open and followed it up with a victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational last month. To show his readiness for the Augusta National greens and fairways, he contended for The Players Championship and wound up third.
The Northern Irishman is consistently on the favorites’ list of every major tournament and has won four titles already – except The Masters. McIlroy shared fifth place in last year’s Masters. This was his sixth top-10 finish in Augusta in seven years. Ten years ago, McIlroy once had the upper hand going into the final round until he faded away with a horrible 80 and allowed Charl Schwartzel to win the title.
The Spanish parbuster finished seventh last year in The Masters and ended up in the Top 10 six times this season. The third-ranked Jon Rahm is a picture of consistency in all professional tournaments but he has yet to win his first major title. A win would cement his status as one of the top golfers in the world just like his countrymen Sergio Garcia, Jose Maria Olazabal, and Seve Ballesteros. In the 2018 Masters, he finished fourth and tied for ninth in 2019.
The world number two golfer is seeking his first major crown since winning the 2017 PGA Championship. Last month, he crushed the field en route to winning The Players Championship. This was his 14th career US PGA Tour victory. Last year, Thomas finished fourth in The Masters and he hopes to win it this time.
The Masters is just days away and the tension is rising as to who will win the coveted green jacket in its comeback to its original April teeoff. Johnson hopes to keep it for another year while the others want to wear it for prestige. Come Thursday, all eyes are on the golfers who want to claim the first major of 2021.