Woods driving well, birdies 3rd hole at Masters

Posted April 06, 2018

He sought treatment, and then perhaps the best therapy was being among players as an assistant captain at the Presidents Cup.

Tiger Woods is considered one of the favourites to collect a 15th major title this week.

Their games are well suited to the demands of the Augusta course.

And hey, don't forget Phil. He's typically been a slow starter at Augusta, having shot under par just once (a 68 in 2010) in the opening round.

"You play it [Augusta National] every year, you can prepare for it easier, once you play the greens you should know them", added Nicklaus. The club is home to the most famous tournament in the world and has built a reputation as a must-see venue for the sport. Not only are the two shops on the property, plus some small stands scattered around the course, the only places in the world where official Masters branded merchandise can be purchased, but a total renovation and expansion of the shops over the offseason has produced an even wider variety of items to entice any golf fan. "I feel like I've been able to speed that process up a lot over the last couple weeks". He had two top-5 finishes in the two tournaments leading up to the Masters, and now he finds himself among the favorites to win the 2018 Masters and his fifth green jacket. A win here this year would complete the career grand slam.

Near misses in golf's four most prestigious tournaments saw him labeled the best player to never win a major, while the breakdown of high-profile relationships had a negative impact on his golf game. He finished tied for 17th.

"I'm an avid fan of the history of the game, and I know a win here and what that would mean and where that would put me in history alongside some of the greatest that have ever played this game, and that would mean an bad lot to me", McIlroy said.

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The opening hole requires a straight tee shot, and Woods ranks outside the top 150 in fairway percentage and outside the top 200 in distance from the edge of the fairway. "You have to go out and get it", he said. More exciting than playoff wins for Bubba Watson and Adam Scott in 2012 and '13, or Charl Schwartzel birdieing the final four holes on a frantic Sunday in 2011?

Sunday: the final round from Augusta will be shown live on Sky Sports (6pm start) and on BBC Two (6.30pm start).

Woods complimented Parziale's game, and said nice things to a Masters representative about his caddie father after the round.

From there, Garcia went to the drop area where he hit four more wedge shots that came back into the water, finally getting a 5th on the green and 1-putting for a 13.

This season, Woods appears resurgent.

"But most importantly, I want to stay here", he said.

He also started the 2015 Masters well, tying for second after Thursday's action with a 67.

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Outlook: "Well, a year ago I was about as confident as I've ever been, so it was probably a 10". "This year it's probably a 9 1/2".

And it's got to be hard to get the killer instinct back when you're suddenly trying to be friends with guys you made your life's mission to beat.

"But it is Tiger Woods". The more money that is placed on a horse (Player) the odds get lowered so that if that player wins the losses for the bookies are lower.

Dustin Johnson watches his drive on the sixth hole during round-robin play at the Dell Technologies Match Play golf tournament, Thursday, March 22, 2018, in Austin, Texas.

"Not at all", I thought to myself, standing steps away, completely awestruck.

Austin Cook, playing in the first group, nabbed the first birdie of the tournament at the first, but promptly gave that shot back at the second.

For the first time in almost a decade, the game's biggest star - four-time Masters champion Tiger Woods - is a legitimate contender, with two top 10s in five events this season. "I'm just glad he's playing great again, and hopefully he's healthy enough to keep playing and keep playing great". Everyone's kind of champing at the bit for him to kind of get here and see how he's moving and everything.

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