Masters 2020: Tiger Woods arrives at Augusta National for some Sunday practice

November 08, 2020

Andrew Redington

Tiger Woods arrived at Augusta National Golf Club on Sunday afternoon to begin his on-site preparation for his title defense at the Masters.

It has become common for Masters participants to head to Augusta the weekend before the tournament. Woods played a practice round on the Sunday before last year’s tournament with just a wedge and a putter, opting for short-game work over a full round.

This was not, however, the first time Woods has been back to Augusta National since winning his fifth Masters in dramatic fashion last year. He took a trip to the course for a practice round this past week after deciding not to play in the Vivint Houston Open.

Woods will be making his 23rd Masters appearance this coming week and his third straight since missing the 2016 and 2017 editions due to injury. He has never missed the cut in the 20 Masters he’s played as a professional and has finished in the top five 12 times.

Even so, Woods heads into the year’s final major as something of question mark given his sub-par form coming in. The 15-time major champion has just one top-10 finish in eight starts on the year, and that came at the Farmers Insurance Open in January. He has no finishes better than T-37 in six starts since the PGA Tour resumed play after a three-month COVID hiatus, and missed the cut in his last start in a major, shooting 73-77 at the U.S. Open at Winged Foot.

Fred Couples said on Sunday that he, Woods and Justin Thomas would play a practice round on Monday. Woods will also host the Champions Dinner on Tuesday night, where he will serve a California-themed menu of sushi, sashimi and fajitas.