Tiger Woods reveals how he recovered from Masters’ Round 1: ‘Just freezing myself to death’
The fact Tiger Woods is competing at all in the 2022 Masters Tournament is itself a Herculean triumph. That the five-time green jacket winner aims to win the tournament — his first competition since his February 2021 car crash — is even more incredible.
To that end, Woods understands he must take unpleasant measures to ensure he’s ready to compete for the remaining three days of the tournament following his opening round at Augusta National. Shortly after finishing his day with a score of 1-under 71 to finish tied for 10th, Woods spoke to reporters on how he would get ready to play in Round 2.
“A lot. A lot. Lots of treatments. Lots of ice. Lots of ice baths. Just basically freezing myself to death,” Woods said. “That’s just part of the deal. And getting all the swelling out as best as we possibly can and getting it mobile and warmed up, activated and explosive for the next day. Those are two totally different ends of the spectrum.
“Most sports, if you’re not feeling very good, you got a teammate to pass it off to, and they can kind of shoulder the load. Or in football, one day a week. Here we’ve got four straight days, and there’s no one that’s going to shoulder the load besides me. I’ve got to figure out a way to do it.”
Keen-eyed observers may have noticed Woods — who walked with a noticeable limp ahead on Wednesday during the practice round — did not look exactly like himself during Friday’s Round 1. He occasionally grimaced and reached toward his back throughout the day, a reminder not only of his five back surgeries, but also of the extensive recovery he needed to undergo following his car crash.
That said, Woods was adamant ahead of the tournament that, if he played, he had the intention of winning. And though he made some uncharacteristic mistakes in the opening round, the technical prowess that has made him the sport’s biggest star were still clearly on display.
“My team’s been incredible at getting me into this position so that I can compete,” he said. “I’ll take it from there. I know how to play. I’ve just got to get out there where I can play.”
Woods tees off in the second round of the Masters Friday at 1:41 p.m. ET.