Tiger Woods is ready to play Masters and realizes he has to wait

Tiger Woods felt strong and fit to compete for another green jacket . He could feel the adrenaline starting to flow, along with a strange feeling.

He was in a bad mood.

Instead of flying to Augusta National for the Masters this week, he was home in Florida, where the only competition for a green jacket was a putting contest with his 11-year-old son, Charlie.

I felt energetic, I felt really alive, connected and a little cranky, and I didn't know what was going on, Woods said in an interview with GolfTV available Thursday. And I realized that it was Sunday morning ... And my body, unconsciously, knew that I was supposed to be preparing to leave and start playing the Masters.

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mybodywasreadyandididn'tknowwhyiwasactingthatway,hesaid.itiscrazy.

theinterviewrecordedwednesdaywithgolftv'shennizuel(woodshasasponsorshipdealwithdiscovery'sownedchannel)wasthefirstsincethefinalroundofthegenesisinvitationalinfebruary.woodsdecidednottoplaythenextfourtournamentsbecausehisbackwasnotready.andthengolfwasshutdownalongwithothersportsbythecovid-19pandemic.

hehasbeenathomewithhistwochildrenandgirlfriend,ridingbikesforexercise,occasionallyplayinggolfatthemedalistclubandhavingputtingcontestswithcharlie,withthegreenjacketgoingtothewinner.

that'sanotherreminderofthesetimes.thiswillbethelongestamasterschampionhasbeenabletokeepgolf'smostfamouspieceofclothingathome.woodsisnotrequiredtoleaveitinhislockerataugustanationaluntilhereturnstodefend.andthatwon'tbeuntilnovemberattheearliest.

thisisnotthewayhewouldhavewantedtokeepthejacketonforalongerperiodoftime,woodssaid.iwantedtogooutthereandcompeteforhimandwinhimagain,likeididin2002.butit'snotanormalcircumstance,it'snotanormalworld.itisaveryfluidenvironmentanditisverydifferentforallofus.fortunately,wecouldhaveamastersinnovemberandplayitthen.ithinkiwillbedefendingthenandihopeeverythinghappens.

meanwhile,hestartedplayingforthejacketwithcharlieearlierintheyear,wantingtotakeadvantagewhilethejacketwasathome.

idon'tknowificandefend,idon'tknowificanwinagain,butlet'stakeamomenttohavealittlefun,woodssaid.occasionally,hehasgonetohiscloset.mainly,ithasstayedinmine.butthefactthathewasabletoearnit,becausetherearenowinsinthisfamily,itwasfuntowatchhimteasemeforhittingme.meandbeingabletowearthejacketandhaveitinhisclosetwherehesaysitbelongs.

woodswouldratherlet95otherplayerstrytotakeitover72holesataugustanational.

thatwillhavetowait.

freetimehasbeenusefulinonerespect.woods,whowonthezozochampionshipinjapanlatelastyearforhisrecord-breaking82ndvictorypgathetourgotofftoaslowstartthisyear.hedidnotholdseriouslyattorreypinesandfinishedlastatriviera.andthenheclosedit,hisbackdidn'tfeelquiterightasheresumeshiscareerafterfoursurgeries,thelasttofusehislowerspine.

nightandday,hesaidaboutthedifferenceinhowhefeelssincehelastplayedonfebruary16inlosangeles.ifeelmuchbetterthanididthen.ihavebeenabletoturnanegativeintoapositiveandihavebeenabletotrainalotandtakemybodytowhereithinkitshouldbe.

youstillfindithardtothinkaboutwhatyoushouldbedoingthisweek:aflighttoaugustaonsundaytopracticeandhelphandouttrophiesatthedrive,chipandputtnationalfinals; the noise and hustle of practice rounds on Mondays and Tuesdays, the Masters Club dinner on Tuesday night just for champions, the Par 3 Tournament with your kids as caddies on Wednesday and then the eve of the Masters as you try to advance The final round of your favorite tournament.

He stuck to a tradition: the dinner of champions.

Woods tweeted a photo of him having his dinner Tuesday night, wearing the green jacket , with his girlfriend and children and food that he wants on the menu - steak and chicken fajitas, sushi and sashimi, milkshakes. Also on the table were cupcakes.

Whenever he gets around to hosting the real dinner at Augusta National , it probably won't end the same way.

There was a food fight at home.

In the end it got a little interesting, a little ugly, where the icing flowed through people's hair and faces, and in the end we had a little fun, Woods said. I took off my jacket. This jacket cannot contain any cupcakes.

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