It was beyond impressive that Tiger teed it up – “I didn’t think he was going to be playing a tournament last year,” Justin Thomas said during his pre-tournament news conference – let alone made the cut at the Masters barely a year after a near-fatal car accident. According to Jon Rahm, who played alongside Tiger in the following round, the pair were put on the clock on the seventh hole.
“He was somehow trying to speed up, I was looking at him like – we all looked at the official, like he can’t walk any faster, let’s be honest. Like he was already doing an amazing job trying to move up and down those hills. We all joked around with the official and then when he turned around, Tiger takes off and I’m looking at my caddie, like, well, this is incredible.”
Rahm noted that they ended up having to wait to go for the par-5 8th in two, and marveled at how Tiger disguised the pain he was in.
“He puts on a bit of a show for the camera, like he’s not going to show how much he’s really hurting,” Rahm said. “When we finished scoring, just seeing him stand up and move around that room when there’s nobody watching, there’s a difference, especially after playing 18 holes and after sitting down when your legs cool off a little bit, it changes.”