Tiger ready for another shot at Augusta

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Tiger ready for another shot at Augusta

"I could not come here in better form and hopefully I can carry that into the next three days".

Jeff Ritter, digital development editor, GOLF.com: "I've also been on [Justin] Rose for a while, but now that we're here, I have this amusing feeling about [Rory] McIlroy".

"Hopefully this is my week and I can get myself in there and grab it with both hands".

That was his last chance to qualify for the Masters and he achieved his goal by winning a play-off he forced by holing a lengthy birdie putt at the 18th - using the same putter he has brought back to his bag that he used during the Ryder Cup's Miracle of Medinah.

Mickelson, 47, Woods, 42, Fred Couples, 58, and Thomas Pieters, 26, played the back nine at Augusta National, an impromptu practice round set up on Monday. Will Justin Thomas take the green jacket and ascend to the summit of the world rankings?

"I think that one of the greatest comebacks in all of sport is the gentleman who won here, Mr. Hogan", said Woods, who plays the first two rounds alongside Australian Marc Leishman and Englishman Tommy Fleetwood.

Woods hasn't played at Augusta since 2015 and hasn't won on the legendary course since 2005, when he pipped Chris Di Marco in a memorable playoff. They love the course.

Day believes it can only help him, McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and many others not get caught up in the hoopla and go about trying to get into contention.

Pieters, who was fourth on his Masters debut past year, added: "Tiger was brilliant".

When Sergio Garcia tees it up at Augusta National on Thursday, he will attempt to join an elite group, victor of more than one green jacket at the Masters. Or could we see a 15th major triumph for Tiger Woods?

"It's going to be three of my favourite dishes", Garcia said about his menu that also includes Spanish wine and a Spanish dessert. "And for me to sit here now as a past champion, it really means a lot to me". Each year, the previous year's champion gets to pick the meal. Fowler is a curiosity still, and at 29 is no longer a young star on the rise, but a character about whom we might wonder whether he'll ever fulfill his enormous potential. I thought prior to the fusion surgery that that's pretty much it. "Maybe I wouldn't enjoy it so much if I was on the other end, but I guess we'll never know, or maybe I will".

"I go back to this point on my putting green four years ago or so with (putting coach) Dave Pelz and thinking that I really need to become a consistent great putter to be able to achieve what I want to in the game".

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