Masters braced for Tiger-mania as Early round gets Expired

Masters braced for Tiger-mania as Early round gets Expired”

And hey, don't forget Phil.

The last group out could also shake up the leaderboard with world number one Dustin Johnson and Englishman Justin Rose, runner-up in two of the last three years, bringing the curtain down on day one.

None of them think of themselves that way, however, which is another reason the next four days in Augusta hold the promise of being as special as any at any major in years.

"He's my meal ticket, and I still get to watch the best to ever do it". And those youngsters who look up to Woods are among the best in the world.

But he never made it to the first tee past year, after a mis-step on the stairs at his rented house in Augusta left him with a badly bruised back on the eve of the tournament.

The bells and whistles of the grounds will last throughout the week, but the main event is finally here and it's time to get down to business. I'd want the notoriety of being the baddest golfer on the planet and the green jacket to go along with it.

The 42-year-old, who calls himself a walking miracle less than 12 months after spinal fusion surgery, has astonished in his latest return from injury, a pair of top-five finishes on the PGA Tour fueling expectations that he can resume his pursuit of Jack Nickluas's all-time record of 18 major wins. McIlroy is pursuing the career Grand Slam this week; the Masters is the only major title he hasn't won. In addition to notching his first win since 2013, he's had four other top 10s and hasn't been out of the top 25 in his last six starts. He opened with 72-73 a year ago and finished with 71-69 to tie for seventh.

Everyone, from sponsors to fans to the sport itself, wins when Woods golfs.

Some of the attention Thursday will also be on what kind of start McIlroy, who goes off at 1:38 p.m., can muster. And the consumer doesn't believe us until Tiger says, Yeah that's true. He's had four wins here.

Tiger Woods could have used a few prayers before taking on Amen Corner.

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

While Woods has not won a major since 2008 and is now ranked 103rd in the world, Tiger Tracker was crystal clear when asked if another golfer might warrant a similar "Tracker" account, simply replying: "Let me know when they get 14 majors".

This year's edition of the Masters is one of the most anticipated in recent memory.

Thursday and Friday: coverage of the Masters first and second rounds is live on Sky Sports starting at 7pm United Kingdom time. So I was very confident. "This year it's probably a nine and a half". If that wasn't enough, he photocopied the five $100 bills, added smiley faces and wrote, "Just wanted you to know Benji and his friends are very happy in their new home".

"But it is Tiger Woods". If he's got the driver going this weekend, he'll be in contention.

The ABT crowd - Anybody But Tiger - is just as hooked on watching him again but against him regaining that perch.

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

Hogan and Sam Snead each won his first Masters on the 10th try.

Tiger Woods, Fred Couples and Matt Parziale walk on the sixth hole during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament Wednesday, April 4, 2018, in Augusta, Ga.

"I'm just really looking forward to playing", Woods explained on his website. He had a 6-iron and "I thought it was ideal; straight at the flag, " he said.

Tiger has enjoyed a resurgence at the start of this PGA Tour season.

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