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Butch Harmon gives his verdict on Tiger Woods' bid to play at The Masters

Tiger Woods is still in the Masters field. Photo: Joe Skipper/REUTERS

THE greatest comeback in sporting history?

That is what Tiger Woods may be plotting as he aims to make a sensational return to action at The Masters, according to his former coach Butch Harmon.

Woods is threatening a remarkable return 14 months after a high-speed car crash that could have taken his life, and so nearly resulted in him losing a leg.

And Harmon believes the 15-time Major winner will only tee it up this Thursday if he believes he can be competitive.

“If he doesn’t feel like he can get involved and win again, I don’t think Tiger would compete, so it’s exciting to think he is getting close to feeling that way,” said Harmon, speaking at a Sky Sports event.

“Clearly he wants to play. He loves Augusta, his record at The Masters is incredible – and there’s no doubt in my mind that if he comes back, he thinks he can win.

“First of all, we are all so relieved he survived that crash, and then the big concern was losing his leg.

“Now it’s just it’s mind-boggling that he is trying to play at The Masters a year after that crash – and even if he doesn’t win, even if he just makes the cut, it would be amazing to see.”

Woods played a practice round at Augusta last Thursday and will make a final call on whether he will play The Masters next week, with Harmon suggesting the steep hills on the course could be a challenge for his injured leg.

"The big thing for Tiger is can he walk 18 holes at Augusta on this leg on those hills for four straight days? If the answer is yes, I think he will go for it," added Harmon. "If he does play all eyes will be on him and that's the way it will always be for Tiger.

"The standards he set in 25 years is the reason why he has that. It's not just the major win, the title wins. It's the 142 cuts in a row he made, which was probably the most amazing feat ever. That's like seven years of never missing a cut, but it doesn't surprise me. I saw this when I worked with him at the start of his career.

"I just think the charisma that Tiger Woods has sets him apart from the rest. You could see it when he was a teenager, when in junior, USGA Juniors and USGA amateur events and it's just carried on.

"He's always done things no one else can do and that's why Tiger Woods is so special."

Watch The Masters live on Sky Sports and NOW. Coverage from April 4-10 will be exclusively live on Sky Sports Golf.


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