Masters 2018: Tiger Woods beats Phil Mickelson and then reveals he is taking break from golf

TIGER WOODS lastly had one thing to rejoice on the Masters – he closed with a sixty nine and beat previous rival Phil Mickelson by a shot!

However after the spherical the previous No1 revealed he it taking a break from the sport.

 Tiger Woods has his eyes on a bright future after seeing off Phil Mickelson

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Tiger Woods has his eyes on a shiny future after seeing off Phil Mickelson

"I'm going to take somewhat break for positive," he stated.

"I'll get again within the fitness center and begin engaged on my physique once more. And get it in fine condition."

It was not the ‘homecoming’ Woods and his followers have been hoping for as he teed it up at Augusta — though given Mickelson’s spectacular type it may need been tempting to accept ending in entrance of him.

And at the very least the previous world No 1’s three-underneath-par ultimate spherical was an enormous enchancment on his stuttering efforts over the earlier three days.

And there was an actual deep-throated Tiger roar – from the person himself in addition to his followers – when he drained a thirty footer for an eagle on the fifteenth.

When you had not been watching the leaderboard over the earlier sixty eight holes, you’d have thought that had simply put him inside putting distance of a fifth Masters title.

But when Woods’ recreation was less than the duty in solely his sixth begin after a profession-saving fourth again operation, there was little question that his reputation score is larger than ever.

Patrick Reed handed his inexperienced jacket after beating Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy to win the Masters

 The former world No 1 fired his lowest round of the week on Sunday

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The previous world No 1 fired his lowest spherical of the week on Sunday
 Tiger Woods is relieved just to be playing golf again

Tiger Woods is relieved simply to be enjoying golf once more

The roars that greeted him on the primary tee have been louder than when his identify was introduced on day one – although he was EIGHTEEN photographs behind fifty four gap dleader Ptraick reed at 4 over par.

Woods, forty two, might have rewarded his followers straight off the bat as a 329 yard drive was adopted by an outstanding strategy to 5 ft – however he blew the birdie probability previous the opening.

The previous world no 1 stated he had been placing “superbly” within the first rounds, and blamed his erratic iron play for the very fact he by no means threatened to place himself in rivalry right here.

However that early miss was adopted by three extra from inside six ft – together with two on the the seventh inexperienced, the place he missed a brief one for birdie and additionally fluffed a 4 footer for par.

 The American showed glimpses of his old self on his first time back playing at Augusta in three years

The American confirmed glimpses of his previous self on his first time again enjoying at Augusta in three years

A minimum of the driving force was behaving in addition to it did when he posted prime 5 finishes in his final two heat-up occasions to ship anticipation ranges by way of the roof forward of his Augusta comeback.

He reached for the large stick six occasions on the entrance 9 – and he smacked it previous the 315 yards mark each time. They usually have been all both within the fairway, or a number of inches into the primary minimize.

After a combined bag of three birdies and the identical quantity iofbogeys on the entrance 9, Woods, lastly caught hearth after the flip.

He continued to hit it lengthy and straight – though sarcastically, the drive that led to his eagle on 15 was his shortest of the day at 301 yards.

He sandwich that with birdies at thirteen and 17, though a 3-putt bogey on the final was a reminder of the inconsistencies that must be eradicated from his play earlier than he can problem for a fifteenth Main title.

Woods admitted: “General I drove it nicely sufficient however hit my irons terrible. As we speak I hit it on an absolute string which was nice. I hit a few sloppy irons photographs and putted terrible and nonetheless received a sixty nine. I might have actually rolled it today and shot a very good quantity however I made too many errors to contend.

“It was a implausible expertise a everybody was so supportive. To have the ability to stroll this course and hear the issues they have been saying. Some individuals have been in the identical spots right here for 20 years and it was good to see them on the market. I missed enjoying The Masters. It’s the most effective occasion in all of golf and the chance to play it was one thing I had missed for a couple of years.”

 Lefty knows his time at the top of the game is running out

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Lefty is aware of his time on the prime of the sport is operating out

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Mickelson additionally eagled 15 on his approach to a 5 beneath par sixty seven, however he provided a brutal evaluation of his efforts after ending on two over.

He stated: “I hit one good shot this entire week, it was the 7‑iron on 17, which went precisely as I had needed to.

"So I used to be just a bit bit off and I’ll take every week or two off and I’ll regroup and get again it.

“I’ve been very constant this yr, particularly off the tee, and then final week and this week I’ve hit some actually huge misses, which I haven’t been doing this yr.

“I haven’t had huge numbers this yr, and then these final two weeks I’ve had a variety of huge numbers. So I’ll should get that labored out.

“At present, I principally simply made some putts. It wasn’t like I hit it shut, I received up‑and‑down out of the entrance bunker on 2 making a ten‑footer and I made a sort of a curling 12‑footer on three and a 30‑footer on four.

“So it’s not like I used to be flattening the stick, it’s simply robust to birdie these holes, however there are a variety of birdie alternatives and those you could birdie, like 7 and eight, with these pins, I didn’t – I truly bogeyed eight."

Mickelson, forty seven, would be the subsequent participant to attempt to full a profession Grand Slam on the US Open in June.

He added: “The troublesome factor for me is I proceed toput a bit bit an excessive amount of strain on myself within the Majors now as a result of I do know that I don’t have a ton of time to win them, particularly the united statesOpen.

“However these subsequent two U.S. Opens, Shinnecock and Pebble Seashore give me two actually good alternatives. So I have to get my recreation sharp. I actually have to be on these weeks and prior to now I’ve been on at Shinnecock – and I’m hopeful to do it once more.”

TIGER WOODS lastly had one thing to rejoice on the Masters – he closed with a sixty nine and beat previous rival Phil Mickelson by a shot!