'Walking miracle' Tiger Woods calms talk of Masters comeback victory

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"I've played well over the years, I've won here a few times, but all those years that I've won, one part of my game has certainly stood out, " Woods said.

This is when, Pawan Munjal of Hero Motors, took on Tiger Woods as a brand ambassador for four years, at a reported fee of about $40 million, which included the exclusive (30 of the world's top ranked players only) Hero World Championship hosted by Tiger Woods himself. "So I'm excited about that for sure".

The 42-year-old Woods is back on the PGA Tour after undergoing back surgery for the fourth time in April 2017.

"I'll be the first to tell you, it is insane", Woods said of the fact he can hit the ball as far as ever. "I am a walking miracle". The dark times Woods described suddenly seem distant, because Woods finished second last month at the Valspar Championship in Tampa, then contended again in the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando before finishing fifth.

A year ago, Dustin Johnson was in the same position as Thomas, as he entered Augusta in incredible early-season form. "It was fun. It was very loud, very fun and they hit some very good shots". "I can play and I can compete".

From each of these high torque shots, Tiger walked away unconcerned about his back while commentators marvelled at this recovery. "If you watched him play today, there's not much of a back problem". Speaking at Augusta National on Tuesday, Woods cited the recovery of Ben Hogan from a head-on road collision in 1949 to win multiple majors. But the biggest roars are for Woods. "It doesn't hurt that she's got the game to back it up, because it's not like she's just a Drive, Chip, and Putt person that's been able to get through the qualifier and win", said Lawrie.

"That's fine with us". So I don't know, I can't win.

"He's got a great chance, his game is right there, he's very comfortable around this golf course", Rory McIlroy told a media conference Tuesday at Augusta.

Phil Mickelson, victor of five majors, including three Green Jackets, will be partnered with two players looking to make a major breakthrough in fellow Americans Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar.

"It's the only major we play year in and year out at the same venue, and experience is more of a factor [at Augusta] than anywhere else, " said Mickelson, who won for the first time in almost five years when he claimed the WGC-Mexico Championship last month. "That's just life. Everyone lives fast now".

"Now that he's back and he looks kind of where he was before, everyone's getting that taste back in there, like, oh, let's see what he can do".

"We're all favorites", two-time Masters victor Watson said. Whether they're here for the pros or the plants, patrons we talked to are looking forward to a great week.

But Woods has wily veterans admiring how he is hitting the ball further off the tee despite spinal fusion.

A trio of major winners follows the traditional Masters-amateur champions pairing with two-time Masters victor Bubba Watson joined by Sweden's Henrik Stenson and Australian Jason Day.