“I was hoping he was going to play the Masters,” Love said on Wednesday at the RBC Heritage. “I was wrong in my prediction. He and Freddie [Couples] both not being there felt really weird.”
Love said he sent Woods a text message last month to congratulate him following news that his foundation would host the Los Angeles-area tournament beginning next year, but that the two didn’t talk about Tiger’s recovery from multiple back procedures late last year.
Even when Woods announced on April 1 that he wouldn’t play the Masters for the second time in three years, Love was not convinced the four-time Masters champion was going to skip the year’s first major.
“I thought it was the ultimate April Fools’ Day joke,” Love laughed, “and that he told the chairman [Billy Payne] he was going to play and everyone else he was skipping it.”