AUGUSTA, United States, Nov 10 – Tiger Woods, nonetheless feeling the joys of final 12 months’s Masters victory to finish an epic comeback, says he can contend once more this week due to his information of Augusta Nationwide.
Former world primary Woods, a 15-time main champion who turns 45 subsequent month, seeks a sixth inexperienced jacket to match the all-time file of Jack Nicklaus and a file 83rd US PGA victory to interrupt the mark he shares with Sam Snead.
“Do I anticipate to contend? Sure I do,” Woods mentioned. “It may be carried out. Having an understanding the place to overlook it and the way to hit the photographs round right here, it helps.
“It will get a bit tougher as I’ve gotten older and I don’t fairly hit it as far.
“You see previous champions… in a position to contend so late of their careers and hopefully I’ll be capable of be a type of guys.”
Woods’ vivid recollections of Augusta embrace his victory final 12 months, feeling the electrical ambiance of the gang and hugging his youngsters the way in which he embraced his dad after his first Masters win in 1997.
“The identical embrace, 22 years aside, fairly good bookends,” Woods mentioned Tuesday. “I nonetheless get chills simply fascinated by that.
“It meant quite a bit to me and nonetheless does. It simply jogged my memory a lot of my dad and to come back full circle like that, it nonetheless will get me a bit teary.”
Woods has been in a position to hold his jacket away from Augusta longer than standard as a result of Covid-19 postponed the Masters from April to November that additionally means no spectators attending.
“It has been unbelievable to have the jacket round the home,” Woods mentioned. “However this isn’t the way in which I need to have it.”
Woods fed off the feelings of the gang final 12 months to rally for the victory, his first main title received after trailing earlier than the final spherical.
“They helped me win, the assist that I had,” Woods mentioned. “The vitality that was across the property was electrical that day. We’ll miss the crowds. This 12 months goes to be very totally different.
“Hopefully I can determine it out and duplicate final 12 months.”
Since then, Woods has struggled along with his surgically repaired again and consistency, unable to assemble 4 aggressive rounds since successful the 2019 Zozo Championship in Japan some 13 months in the past.
“Final 12 months, I used to be in a position to hit lots of iron photographs and putted properly,” Woods mentioned. “I hope I get the identical really feel as I had final 12 months and put all of it collectively.”
After final 12 months’s magic, rivals know higher than to guess towards Woods at Augusta Nationwide.
“You simply have to be taking part in OK if you recognize the course,” third-ranked Justin Thomas mentioned. “And nobody is aware of that higher than Tiger.
“He takes this occasion so critically. He is aware of this place so properly and he is aware of that he has a giant benefit over half the sector earlier than even teeing it up.”