Augusta National to Leave Seat Open for Tiger Woods at 2021 Masters Champions Dinner

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVApril 6, 2021

Tiger Woods wears his green jacket holding the winning trophy after the final round for the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
AP Photo/Matt Slocum

Tiger Woods won't be able to attend the 2021 Masters Champions Dinner, but the five-time champion will still be honored at the annual event:


A seat will be left open for Tiger Woods at tonight's Champions Dinner. pic.twitter.com/RqWs7G5Cos

Woods underwent surgery in February after suffering multiple leg injuries in a single-car accident.

Justin Thomas told reporters Tuesday he has visited Woods, who said "it is starting to set in" that he won't be able to play at Augusta National this year due to his injuries.

The 45-year-old is one of the biggest stars in the tournament's history, winning his first Green Jacket in 1997. His most recent victory came in 2019, giving him the opportunity to choose last year's menu that included sushi and fajitas.

Reigning champion Dustin Johnson picked a menu that includes filet mignon and sea bass for Tuesday's dinner, and Woods will be there in spirit.