This is nothing short of extraordinary that Tiger Woods is returning to the Masters.
Dr. Kirk Campbell, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at NYU Langone Health who is an expert in sports medicine, tells PEOPLE, "I think that it is absolutely fantastic that he has been able to return to sports.".
Having had a very, very severe injury to the right lower high extremity, several surgeries, and very hard rehab, just shows his will and determination to kind of recuperate from such a severe injury. Just watching him play yesterday, I was astonished.
It had been rumored that Woods, 46, would return to the PGA Tour after more than a year off the course, for the 2022 Masters at Augusta National.
Woods told reporters last week, "I'm very excited about how I've recovered ... My team has been fantastic."
An athlete suffered fractures to both his tibia and fibula during a car accident in early 2021, which have been stabilized with a rod.
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As of last year, Woods has been hesitant to give a timeline for his return to professional golf.
""I think this is a pretty remarkable recovery and it just goes to show that he has a reputation as an athlete for recovering from injuries very quickly, even if it might take other people for an extended period of recovery," Dr. Campbell told People.
Woods is currently tied for 37th place with 6 over par after the final round.
Dr. Campbell says he is simply amazing that he is out there. "And from an orthopedic standpoint, he proves how modern medicine works. From the standpoint of a fan, it shows his dedication and drive."
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