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Woods Grinds Out Final Round to Clinch Top-20 Finish at the Masters

Last Updated on Sunday, 12 April 2015 21:18 Sunday, 12 April 2015 21:07

Tiger WoodsAUGUSTA, Georgia (Mark Soltau/TigerWoods.com) — Tiger Woods started out the week hoping for the best, but had no assurances of even making the cut in the 79th Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Idle since February 5, when he played 11 holes and withdrew from the Farmers Insurance Open because of lower back stiffness, Tiger rebuilt his swing and overhauled his chipping.

He was as curious as the thousands of spectators and millions of television viewers how both would hold up under the spotlight and pressure of competition. And while he didn’t claim a fifth green jacket, his play was more than respectable.

Woods closed with a 1-over 73 on Sunday and tied for 17th at 5-under 283, 13 strokes behind wire-to-wire winner Jordan Spieth of Texas.

“To make a couple swing changes and then come here to a major championship and contend, I’m proud of that part of it,” Woods said. “I just wish I could have made a few more timely putts and moved up that board.”

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Woods Says ‘Bone Popped Out’ During Final Round of Masters

Last Updated on Sunday, 12 April 2015 19:58 Sunday, 12 April 2015 19:51

Tiger WoodsCanadian Press

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Paul Newberry/AP) — Tiger Woods stirred up quite a frenzy on social media when talking about an injury to his right hand during the final round of the Masters.

After an errant drive at the ninth hole, Woods struck a hidden tree root while hitting his second shot off the pine straw.

Woods screamed in pain and let the club fly out of his hand. He shook his hand walking toward the green but managed to salvage par on the way to a closing 1-over 73.

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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

Tiger WoodsCanadian Press

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

Tiger WoodsCanadian Press

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

Tiger WoodsCanadian Press

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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