Resurgent Woods electrifies most open Masters in years


"Any time Tiger Woods is healthy and in this sort of form, he's risky at any golf tournament", McIlroy said. The other participants in that, too, from [Greg] Norman to Seve [Ballesteros] to [Tom] Kite, all these players that had great opportunities there on Sunday, what an exciting Masters that was.

"We all know that he kind of drove the needle, but he's more than that".

"We laugh, we tell stories, we're both self deprecating and yet we can both throw in a little jab here and there".

The 42-year-old's form on the PGA Tour this season has made him a genuine contender for a fifth Masters victory and a first major title since 2008, prompting suggestions that such a result would be the greatest sporting comeback of all time. He's somebody to completely steer clear of at Augusta National.

Playing alongside Woods provided fans at Augusta a rare glimpse of the two in a more relaxed atmosphere.

He got sort of close on Tuesday. "I honestly believe that", Day said.

Stamping his authority as a four-times Masters victor, Woods said that while he hopes to play his best golf this week he felt he could slip into a Green Jacket on Sunday evening even if he is not firing on all cylinders. "I just wanted to have that walk before tournament week". "But if I end up winning the Masters after four days then my life changes". He also tied for ninth at his first World Golf Championship in Mexico and finished seventh the following week at the Hero Indian Open. Despite Johnson winning the year's first event and finishing second at Pebble Beach, Justin Thomas would have replaced him at No. 1 if Thomas had beaten Bubba Watson in the semifinals of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. "He's been unbelievable and very inspiring". Johnson is ranked 1st in the PGA Tour by World Ranking. "... The guys are much fitter nowadays than golfers have ever been, I think".

They met each other for the first time six weeks ago, at Medalist in South Florida, where Parziale thanked him for writing the note.

"Yes, I do", he said.

"I get asked about it every day out here on the range or walking down the fairway so I'm reminded all the time".

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Undoubtedly though, the loudest cheer would be for Woods sinking a putt on the 18th green to reclaim the green jacket that he has held with such pride before.

He already has witnessed a shift back home.

With a 7,435-yard course that is free of flat hole layouts, Augusta rewards golfers who are efficient with their approach. Sharma, like many Indian kids, grew up playing cricket and soccer.

Big, driver-friendly fairways and the most amenable patrons in golf should make Augusta National a safe haven for McIlroy.

A lot has changed since.

'I feel like my game is quite solid.

"That's just you got to have that self-belief".

But just because Woods is back at Augusta doesn't mean he is going to make a surge up the leaderboard right away.

I went from a person who had a hard time getting up, walking around, and sitting down to now swinging the club 129 (miles per hour).