National: Tiger Watch

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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Tiger Woods Played Practice Round at Augusta

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 22:46 Tuesday, 31 March 2015 22:41

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AUGUSTA, Georgia (AP) — Tiger Woods played a practice round Tuesday at Augusta National, a strong indication that the four-time champion could make his return at the Masters.

Mark Steinberg, his agent at Excel Sports Management, confirmed in an email to The Associated Press that Woods played 18 holes.

Still to be determined is whether he returns for the Masters next week.

Woods has not played since he withdrew at Torrey Pines on February 5 after 11 holes because of tightness in his back during a chilly, fog-delayed opening round. A week later, he said he would return to competition when he had the game for it.

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Woods Falls Out of Top 100 in the World

Last Updated on Sunday, 29 March 2015 23:49 Sunday, 29 March 2015 23:39

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VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) — For the first time since 1996, Tiger Woods is not among the top 100 golfers in the world ranking.

Woods, who hasn’t played since he withdrew from the Farmers Insurance Open on February 6, falls to No. 104 this week. The last time he was out of the top 100 was on September 29, 1996, when he was at No. 225. The following week, Woods won the Las Vegas Invitational as a 20-year-old for the first of his 79 PGA Tour victories.

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