Tiger Woods Says He'll Need 'Lots of Ice' for Leg Injury After Masters Opening Round

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIApril 7, 2022

Tiger Woods holds up his ball after playing out the 18th hole during the first round at the Masters golf tournament on Thursday, April 7, 2022, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty

Tiger Woods shot a one-under 71 in the first round of the Masters tournament Thursday, marking his return to professional golf after a 14-month hiatus following a February 2021 car crash in which he suffered serious leg injuries.

After the round, Woods went on ESPN for a post-round interview. When asked what his plans are over the next 24 hours to get ready for the second round Friday, Woods smiled and replied that it will involve "lots of ice."

Woods suffered comminuted open fractures to both the upper and lower tibia and fibula in the one-car crash, per Dr. Anish Mahajan, the interim CEO and chief medical officer of Harbor-UCLA Hospital.

USA Today's Chris Bumbaca provided more information: "'Comminuted' means there were multiple fragments of the tibia and fibula shattering, ESPN injury analyst Stephania Bell said on the network Wednesday morning. 'Open fractures' are otherwise known as compound fractures, meaning the bone has protruded through the skin."

Since the crash, Woods' only competitive golf prior to Thursday came in the two-round PNC Championship with his 12-year-old son, Charlie, last December. The two finished second in the 20-team field. 

Woods looked good Thursday, registering three birdies and two bogeys:


A special round for many reasons 🐅<a href="https://twitter.com/TigerWoods?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TigerWoods</a> shoots 1-under 71 in his first competitive round on TOUR in 508 days. <a href="https://t.co/RzcUOfICM9">pic.twitter.com/RzcUOfICM9</a>

He elaborated on his condition with Collins (h/t Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times).

"I felt good," Woods said. "The whole idea was to keep pushing but keep recovering. ... I've been doing that.

"I figured once the adrenaline kicks in and I get fired up and get in my little world, I can get down to business."

That's exactly what he did as he played consistently throughout the round, parring 13 of 18 holes.

Woods will tee off Friday at 1:41 p.m. ET with Joaquin Niemann and Louis Oosthuizen. He's almost certain to make the cut. The top 50 and ties will be included in the field, and that currently means anyone at two over or better.