Tiger Woods still gets ‘chills’ as he recalls 2019 Masters victory

With no patrons in attendance this yr, situation will be distinct than the unforgettable scenes when Woods was greeted by the roaring help of the crowd on the final gap in 2019 right before celebrating the earn by embracing his family members.

“I’m still receiving chills just contemplating about it,” he told reporters Tuesday.

“Coming up 18, and figuring out that all I have to do is just two putt that small 15-footer and to see my relatives there and my mom and my young ones and all of the individuals that aided guidance me or were there for me in the rough occasions.

“And I was walking up there striving not to lose it, and however expressing, hey, I have even now received to two putt this.

“Then I walked off the back of the green, to see Charlie there, just opened up our arms — it intended a ton to me and nonetheless does. It just reminded me so significantly of me and my dad, and to appear complete circle like that, it stills get me a very little teary.”

Woods, who landed his 15th important title at Augusta very last yr, hosted the conventional Champions Supper on Tuesday — sushi with tempura shrimp and spicy tuna, steak and chicken fajitas and a trio of desserts.

Not fairly the cheeseburgers, fries and milkshakes he selected for his initially Champions Dinner as a 21-yr-old.

This year’s Masters, the final men’s important of the 12 months, has been moved from its usual April start off day owing to the pandemic, and Woods enters the tournament battling to find variety this yr amid a disrupted calendar.

“It is really been gearing up for the major championships and attempting to have an understanding of what we have to deal with this 12 months with Covid and attempting to be safe and sound,” he claimed.

“I was hesitant to appear back and start enjoying, and that’s why I waited as extended as I did and arrived back at Memorial (in July). From there, I have not set all the items with each other, and with any luck , that will be this 7 days.”

He added that he will come across it challenging devoid of the boost from the group this time all-around, 25 a long time due to the fact he designed his to start with Masters overall look.

Woods plays a shot during a practice round at Augusta.

“We all overlook the vitality of the crowds,” reported Woods. “This year is heading to be really distinct. It is really likely to be stark in what we see, our sights into the greens, the electricity that you listen to from various roars, from distinct areas of the golf course.

“It really is 1 that none of us have at any time experienced. So we’re all heading to go by way of it collectively at the similar time and it really is heading to be a quite distinct working experience, and ideally a single that I can figure it out and be in a position to replicate what I did past 12 months.”

Woods tees off with 2019 Open up champion Shane Lowry and US Beginner winner Andy Ogletree at 7:55 a.m. local time on Thursday.

Pre-match most loved Bryson DeChambeau will enjoy along with world No. 2 Jon Rahm, while Rory McIlroy, who at the time all over again bids to full a profession grand slam at Augusta, is with earth No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Woods reserved praise for US Open up champion DeChambeau, who has shaken up golf this 12 months by driving huge distances getting piled on muscle mass in the health club.

“He’s set in the time. He is set in the function,” said Woods.

“What he’s finished in the fitness center has been extraordinary and what he’s accomplished on the range and what he is done with his complete crew to be ready to enhance that just one club and transform his match and the ability to strike the ball as considerably as he has and in as brief a span as he has — it can be hardly ever been done right before.”

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