Tiger will be on the prowl at the Masters

2013-03-31 10:00

A resurgent Tiger Woods will be hoping to add another feather to his cap by winning the US Masters at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia from April 11-14.

The former multiple champion experienced a massive drop in form following his much-publicised infidelity scandal in 2009 that shook the golfing world to its core.

Woods’ detractors had already written his epitaph after he battled to conquer the greens with the same ease that had once helped him to rule the world’s number one spot for a record 11 years.

Woods became a laughing stock after the sex scandals were exposed and, in the years that followed, he slumped to 58th in the world rankings.

No one would deny that the past three years have been hell for Woods.

It has taken gutsy determination, strong concentration and nerves of steel to fix his poor swing and get back to his winning ways.

Woods has now captured six titles in his last 20 starts on the PGA Tour.

Of all his most recent victories, Monday’s was possibly the most special for him as he won the Arnold Palmer Invitational trophy in style and, in doing so, catapulted himself back into the number one spot, previously held by North Ireland’s Rory McIlroy.

Now Woods, in a rich vein of form, will undoubtedly be eyeing another Masters trophy.

The American, who this week revealed that his new girlfriend is US skier Lindsey Vonn, has won the Masters on four prior occasions – 1997, 2001, 2002 and 2005.

He is chasing the enviable record set by Jack Nicklaus, who won the tournament six times in an illustrious career spanning 23 years.

But with competition being so intense in this contest, every great player in the world will be vying for the green jacket of what is the first Major tournament of the year.

There will also be a strong showing of South African players to give Woods a run on the fairways of this famously tricky course.

They are Louis Oosthuizen, Tim Clark, George Coetzee, Ernie Els, Branden Grace, Trevor Immelman and Charl Schwartzel.

Last year’s closely contested event was won by Bubba Watson after a play-off against Oosthuizen, who had earlier shot a stunning albatross in what earned him a Shot of the Year honour.

With Tiger back on the prowl, and on top of his game, there is no doubt that the Masters will have that special spark for golf lovers, as a winning Woods always equates to more fans.

Tiger is back on top

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