Masters: Fred Couples fires Tiger Woods warning shot after practice round

Tiger Woods believes he can win the Masters.

That’s what he himself said on Tuesday, despite the injuries, illnesses and rehab he’s had to endure over the past few years.

But Fred Couples, a close aide to Woods, agrees.

“I don’t think he ever thought about qualifying,” Couples said Tuesday.

“Can he win here? Yeah. I just watched him play nine holes, and nine holes are just Tuesday’s nine holes, but he never misses a shot. But The idea of ​​making the cut, I think he would laugh at it, because he’s not here to do it. He’s here to win. He plays really hard. That’s what I’m here to do.”

Couples, Woods and Justin Thomas played together on the front nine at Augusta National on Tuesday morning, and the 1992 Masters champion had a front row seat to watch Tiger play.

Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas and Fred Couples on the 9th green at Augusta National.
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“He hits very well,” Couples added.

“He hit a tree there, so I actually beat him at No. 9, but I couldn’t hear the ball.” [impressed me]”

If Woods continues to cut this week, he will set a Masters record for 24 consecutive weeks of cuts. This would surpass the record set by Couples in 2007, which was tied by Gary Player’s record of 23 consecutive cuts. The player did so between his 1959 and his 1982.

Woods tied that record a year ago with rounds of 74 and 73 on the par-72 layout. However, he withdrew before the third round due to an ankle injury.

“I think he was really bad last year, playing in the rain, moving around slowly, slowing down, a lot of things that wore him down,” Couples said of Woods’ performance a year ago.

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Tiger Woods hits a shot from the first tee during Tuesday’s practice round ahead of the 2024 Masters.
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Woods missed a significant amount of time because he required surgery to stabilize his ankle. He returned to play at the Hero World Challenge last December and played all 72 holes. Two months later, he competed in the Genesis Invitational, but withdrew due to illness.

But Woods admitted his body was “not ready” at Riviera on Tuesday, so he decided to skip The Players to prepare for Augusta.

Despite all this, Couples still has full confidence in Woods to play in the 2024 Masters.

“His ankle is bad. We know that,” said the couple’s aid.

“But it looks like he’s here. He’s going to walk 72 holes and if he continues to play like that, he’s going to be a factor.”

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