National: Tiger Watch

Tiger Woods Back at the Masters and Expecting to Win

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 April 2015 08:50 Wednesday, 08 April 2015 08:29

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AUGUSTA, Georgia (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Tiger Woods hit the ball so pure that he felt like a 14-time major champion. Before long, the swing left him and he resembled a guy who couldn’t break 80. He became so frustrated that he even threw a few clubs because of a game that had never been so maddening.

This wasn’t Woods playing in the Masters.

This was the last seven weeks when he was trying to decide if he should even show up.

“I worked my (tail) off,” Woods said Tuesday with a smile of satisfaction. “That’s the easiest way to kind of describe it. I worked hard. ... People would never understand how much work I put into it to come and do this again. But it was sunup to sundown, whenever I had free time. If the kids were asleep, I’d still be doing it. And then when they were in school, I’d still be doing it.

“So it was a lot of work.”

And he got his answer.

It took nearly two months, followed by two practice rounds at Augusta National last week, before Woods decided to end his self-imposed break and return at the Masters.

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A New Generation of Golfers Trained by Tiger Woods

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 April 2015 04:48 Wednesday, 08 April 2015 04:39

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AUGUSTA, Georgia (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Tiger Woods was that larger-than-life figure in a red shirt who was always winning. At least it seemed that way to a growing television audience that included a bunch of kids from all over the world.

Rory McIlroy was one of them. So was Jordan Spieth.

Jason Day was watching in Australia. Hideki Matsuyama was mesmerized in Japan.

If they didn’t want to grow up to be like Tiger, they wanted to beat him. If nothing else, they were inspired by him.

And now they’re here.

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Tiger Arrives, and the Guessing Game Begins at Masters

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 April 2015 03:36 Tuesday, 07 April 2015 03:26

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AUGUSTA, Georgia (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Tiger Woods arrived later than usual Monday for a Masters that is different from all the others he has played.

No one was sure what to expect from him.

Woods offered a quick glimpse that it could be just about anything. He hooked his tee shot so far left that it nearly went into the ninth fairway. And then he hit a shot to about 6 feet and rolled in the putt for birdie.

“I felt like I had to get my game into a spot where I felt I could compete to win a golf tournament and it’s finally there,” Woods said after playing 11 holes. He played the front nine with Mark O’Meara, then the 10th and 18th holes before darkness.

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A Big Moment Awaits McIlroy and Woods at Masters

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 April 2015 03:15 Tuesday, 07 April 2015 02:59

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AUGUSTA, Georgia (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Rory McIlroy thought the Masters would be the first major he won. Now it’s the only major he’s missing.

Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer once thought Tiger Woods might win as many green jackets as they did combined — 10 — and that audacious prediction still looked remotely possible when Woods picked up his fourth title at age 29 with that magical chip-in behind the 16th green and a 15-foot birdie putt to win in a playoff.

That was 10 years ago.

Woods hasn’t won the Masters since, and now it’s not a matter of whether he can win but if he would even play. That became big news when Woods announced Friday he would return from a two-month hiatus at the grandest stage in golf.

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Nike Video: The Ripple Effect – Young Rory Grows Up Wanting to be Like Tiger – and More

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 April 2015 03:03 Monday, 06 April 2015 12:21

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Just ahead of the 2015 Masters, Nike has released a new two-minute long commercial featuring Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, and once more the people with the swoosh logo have nailed it.
 
The ad follows the growth of McIlroy from a young prodigy who used to chip golf balls into washing machines to a professional golfer and how Woods was a constant influence and inspiration the entire way.

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