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Sports Opinion: Tiger is back, and he's still capable of winning the Masters

16:55  10 march  2018
16:55  10 march  2018 Source:   thebiglead.com

Tiger given top spot in Masters odds

  Tiger given top spot in Masters odds Tiger Woods' accelerated comeback has resulted in him being placed atop the odds of taking home a fifth green jacket. With the Masters less than a month away, the 42-year-old has leaped ahead of the world's top two golfers, Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas, and being given the best odds of winning at Augusta National.

That he isn’t capable of putting together four rounds of golf that will put him in contention on Sunday? Now it’ s time to unleash those hot takes and I’ll start by saying The last time Woods played in the Masters was in 2015, a year he was struggling on the course and had the yips, and he still managed

Opinion : Tiger ' s resurgence defies logic and naysayers . But on a day when Woods was installed as the Masters favorite, he certainly showed a lot of proof Tiger is back . So is El Tigre. The G.O.A.T. in the eyes of every fan who have left the porch light on for Tiger . Many of them will be at Bay Hill this

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Tiger Woods reacts after a putt on the 16th green during the second round of the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort Copperhead Course on March 9, 2018 in Palm Harbor, Florida.© Sam Greenwood/Getty Images Tiger Woods reacts after a putt on the 16th green during the second round of the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort Copperhead Course on March 9, 2018 in Palm Harbor, Florida.

Tiger Woods is currently tied for the lead at the Valspar Championship in his first appearance at this event.

Woods finished his first round on Thursday at one-under par, and got off to a very solid start on Friday with two birdies on the back nine (his first nine) and one on the 2nd hole to get to four-under and tie the leaders. He took the outright lead on the par-5 fifth hole with another birdie when he climbed to five-under, but gave that shot back with an unfortunate bogey on his final hole of the round.

Tiger Woods' recent play has led to skyrocketing ticket prices for the Masters Tournament

  Tiger Woods' recent play has led to skyrocketing ticket prices for the Masters Tournament Tiger Woods' recent play has led to skyrocketing ticket prices for the Masters Tournament

OPINION : He ' s back . Tiger Woods, America's most unreliable boyfriend, will stroll up Magnolia Lane as if nothing has happened. Golf wins with Tiger Woods back at the Masters . Something went wrong during native playback. Caption Settings Dialog.

“ He ’ s getting better every round. He ’ s driving it 10 times better than he was at the start of the year.” Still , Woods is trying to temper expectations, as His back problems continued in 2017, forcing him to withdraw from a European Tour event in Dubai in February and the Masters Tournament in March.

As a Tiger homer, and someone who has continuously said that Tiger isn't done yet even through all the questions regarding his health, this pleases me greatly. I haven't wavered in my belief that he could make a comeback, and watching Phil Mickelson battle it out with Henrik Stenson at The Open Championship a couple of years ago only increased my belief that with the proper rest and rehab, and a new mentality about his own game, that he is still capable of making a comeback.

Of course, he's still got a lot of golf to play this week, and next at Bay Hill where he has had success before, but does anyone who has been watching this comeback truly believe that Tiger isn't back? That he isn't capable of putting together four rounds of golf that will put him in contention on Sunday?

Tigermania returns to PGA Tour

  Tigermania returns to PGA Tour Tiger Woods is back and so are the galleries as the 14-times major winner sent a jolt of excitement through the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Thursday, carding a four-under 68 that had the crowd around Bay Hill Golf Club buzzing. After a long absence from the game as he dealt with back issues, Woods's comeback and return to form have energized golf in ways not seen since he dominated the sport.Tigermania was back at Bay Hill as Woods climbed to the top of the early first-round leaderboard when he rolled in a monster 71-foot birdie putt on the seventh to spark a massive roar from the crowd.

Who is Corey Conners and could he really be the one who keeps Tiger Woods from winning on Sunday ? - Golf Digest. “ That was nice to kind of picturesque, sunny morning along Florida' s West coast, Woods was finally back on top. Tiger Woods was one shot off the lead after 4-under-par 67 in

He made back -to- back birdies at Bay Hill' s 12th and 13th holes ( he started the day at No. 10) to move to 2 under and into a share of the lead. 16th hole, Augusta National. 2005 Masters Championship I do not own the rights to this. All credit belongs to CBS Sports and The Augusta National Golf Club.

Now it's time to unleash those hot takes and I'll start by saying that Tiger Woods is still capable of winning the Masters this year.

WHAT?

Yes, I know that sounds insane to say, but if there is one course that Woods knows how to not only minimize his mistakes but take advantage of, it's Augusta National. He's improving from week to week this year and even though he has yet to win, that doesn't mean he isn't ready to.

The last time Woods played in the Masters was in 2015, a year he was struggling on the course and had the yips, and he still managed to finish T17 at five-under behind a few other big names like Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama, Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Rickie Fowler, and Sergio Garcia. That's a respectable score considering all his body had and has been through.

This year Tiger seems more prepared physically and mentally for Augusta than he has since 2013 when he finished tied for fourth. While there is no guarantee that Woods will win the Masters again, it doesn't seem as farfetched of a belief as it has in the past.

Tiger Woods commits to next two tournaments: Valspar Championship and Arnold Palmer Invitational

  Tiger Woods commits to next two tournaments: Valspar Championship and Arnold Palmer Invitational With the two starts, Tiger Woods will play four of five weeks, an encouraging nod to the status of his surgically repaired back. He also would have at least five starts before heading down Magnolia Lane for the Masters, which he has won four times.“After a good recovery week I’m committing to play the @ValsparChamp and @APinv next two weeks,” Woods tweeted.In last week’s Honda Classic, Woods, who missed a year of play after having spinal fusion surgery last year, finished 12th, his best placement since tying for 10th in the 2015 Wyndham Championship.

This week, he arrived at a venue where he ' s won eight times. And it looks like he ' s intent on making it a ninth. A tee shot that went out of bounds on his 12th hole of the round seemed like it would derail Woods. But he would birdies three of his next four holes to go from fading to back in front.

He was inside the top 10, just three shots back , when he finished his round, too. Live Blog, Tiger Tracker , Tiger Woods, Tracker , Valspar Championship , Valspar Championship 2018, PGA Tour. Tee times, pairings, TV info: 2018 Valspar Championship , Rounds 1 -2.

So, tune in and watch because this could be one of the greatest comebacks of all time.

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Woods cards 1-under 70 in opening round at Valspar Championship .
An up-and-down first round at the Valspar Championship was finished strong by Tiger Woods, who posted a solid score of 1-under-par 70 on Thursday. An up-and-down first round at the Valspar Championship was finished strong by Tiger Woods, who posted a solid score Woods started and finished the day with birdies, and showed flashes of his old self, but also sprinkled in four bogeys to stunt his move up the leaderboard.Here's a look at one of his best tee shots of the day on 17:The club twirl should have given it away.

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