Almost a year after saying he had probably completed his last Masters, Ian Woosnam is playing Augusta again.
Unfortunately it is only on a simulator in his garage, but the significant news is that the 62-year-old Welshman is able to swing his golf clubs thanks to successful back surgery two months ago.
Woosnam, the 1991 champion, was set to miss the Masters for only the second time since his debut in 1988. The pain of walking the severe Augusta National undulations had become too much for him.
Now he is wondering whether the delay to this year’s tournament because of the coronavirus outbreak might open a route back into the 2020 field if it is played, as rumoured, in the autumn.
The 1991 champion at Augusta has spent the last three decades battling ankylosing spondylitis, a rheumatic disease that can cause his vertebrae to lock.