Ian Woosnam fights by groin damage, hopes to get by one other Masters spherical
AUGUSTA, Ga. – On his method from the 18th inexperienced to the scoring space Thursday afternoon at Augusta Nationwide, Ian Woosnam stopped within the shade beneath the large oak tree that abuts the clubhouse, put his arms on his knees and took a couple of deep breaths.
“Whoa, man,” the exhausted 63-year-old stated a couple of moments later after signing for 4-over 76 within the opening spherical of his 32nd Masters Event.
Woosnam was “fairly damned happy” with how the day went on the scorecard – he made three birdies to offset some errors introduced totally on by his deteriorating size on a 7,475-yard main format that was taking part in as agency and quick because the 1991 Masters champion has ever seen it. However he was in apparent ache after re-aggravating a proper groin damage throughout the spherical.
“I used to be pondering of coming in after 11, however I used to be scoring fairly effectively, you understand,” stated Woosnam, who injured his muscle in current months whereas attempting to swing sooner in preparation for the Masters. “It had been bothering me all day yesterday from the primary shot actually, and it simply acquired worse. And it is in a spot the place it isn’t going to go away like that. I’ve tore a muscle or one thing.
Woosnam suffers from ankylosing spondylitis, a uncommon sort of arthritis that causes discomfort and stiffness within the backbone, however his again has been doing higher since having surgical procedure in January 2019. He stated on Monday that his physique felt nearly as good because it had in years, however that was earlier than a couple of rounds round hilly Augusta Nationwide. He didn’t even head out on the course Wednesday.
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Twice earlier than, in 2016 and two years in the past, Woosnam declared he would retire from this match. However he’s twice discovered his method again.
“With this being my 30th 12 months [since my win] I positively wished to make this,” Woosnam stated. “I wished to positively play this 12 months and see how I went and see how I really feel tomorrow. I hold saying it. I do know, and I simply really feel like I can nonetheless play ok, however I simply can’t get my physique ok to play it.
“Plain wanting ahead to it, and hastily it is the identical outdated factor. After the again operation I really feel fairly good after which I get to this place and it simply tears me aside.”
Now, the query is whether or not or not Woosnam will make it by one other spherical. He didn’t appear overly assured on Thursday, however he reckoned that he in all probability would robust it out. He performed too effectively “on one leg” to start this match to not a minimum of attempt to again it up.
“Nicely, being that I am silly, I am going to likely play, get on the market,” he stated, “and whether it is unplayable, I am going to simply have to return in.”