The Masters 2018: Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy set to provide showdown for the ages at Augusta

IT IS the mouthwatering conflict each golf fan is determined to see and it might occur at The Masters — Tiger v Rory.

Each Woods and McIlroy are operating into peak type at the good time. Each lit up the ultimate spherical of the Arnold Palmer Invitational with electrifying performances.

 Rory McIlroy goes into the Masters on the back of his stunning Bay Hill win

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Rory McIlroy goes into the Masters on the again of his beautiful Bay Hill win

When the mud settled, former world No 1 McIlroy was left in the highlight after a shocking eight-underneath sixty four ended his 18-month victory drought.

Woods, too, had his military of followers roaring their approval at Bay Hill.

After beginning 5 again, he closed to inside a shot of the lead earlier than he went for broke on the par-5 sixteenth and got here badly unstuck.

His ugly drive at the 511-yard gap flew unnoticed of bounds and a bogey six ended his problem.

 Tiger Woods remarkable surge up the world rankings has him dreaming of a fifth green jacket

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Tiger Woods exceptional surge up the world rankings has him dreaming of a fifth inexperienced jacket
 The four-time Major champ ended his 18-month win drought over the weekend

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The 4-time Main champ ended his 18-month win drought over the weekend

However 14-time Main champion Woods, forty two, maintained he nonetheless felt like a winner — as he adopted his runner-up end at the Valspar every week earlier by sharing fifth in Orlando.

He stated: “Should you had informed me at the starting of the yr that I might have had an opportunity to win two golf tournaments this early in my comeback, I might have taken that in a heartbeat.”

McIlroy, 28, who missed the minimize at the Valspar, was much more upbeat after his beautiful remaining spherical catapulted him three away from Bryson DeChambeau, with fellow Main champions Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose left trailing in his wake.

And it was simply what the Northern Irish 4-time Main winner wanted as he bids to full the profession Grand Slam by capturing a Inexperienced Jacket at Augusta subsequent month.

 Tiger Woods has not won the Masters since 2005

Tiger Woods has not gained the Masters since 2005
 Tiger Woods has surged up the world rankings this year

Tiger Woods has surged up the world rankings this yr

He’s now the new favorite for The Masters and heads the market for this week’s World Golf Championship Dell Match Play in Texas.

McIlroy stated: “It’s big for my confidence. I stored saying I didn’t want a win going into Augusta, simply to really feel like I had an opportunity.

“I simply needed to see indicators of excellent golf however, fortunately, I’ve been in a position to get each. It felt nice to overcome all these little limitations that come up when you’re making an attempt to shut out a win, bodily or psychological.

“Although it’s been some time since my final win, it wasn’t straightforward making an attempt to play my greatest stuff once I was battling a rib damage.

“I’ve all the time believed in myself. I do know that me being one hundred per cent wholesome is sweet sufficient to not simply win on the PGA Tour however to win rather a lot.

“I by no means misplaced perception. I do know I’ve acquired a present for this recreation and I do know, if I put the time in, I could make a variety of it. I assume that’s what’s stored me going.

“It’s been a little bit of a rollercoaster lately, however geez, you don’t want to get on it with me when you don’t need to!

“Golf is so fickle however I really feel I’m by no means distant from producing golf like I did right here. However on the flip aspect, you’re by no means distant from producing mediocre golf as nicely.

“It’s such a high-quality line out right here and I may need sounded loopy the previous couple of weeks once I was telling everybody it truly feels fairly shut and I’m not that distant and I’m placing up 72s and 73s.

“Then abruptly all of it clicks into place and I find yourself profitable a golf event by three photographs and capturing eight beneath on the final day.

“So it’s effective strains out right here. I feel you will have to play the recreation to actually respect that.”

Woods, who has seventy nine Tour wins to his identify, final tasted victory at the WGC-Bridgestone in 2013.

And he admits he could have to go ‘again to faculty’ on how to play Augusta — regardless of proudly owning FOUR Inexperienced Jackets — together with his again hassle retaining him away since 2015.

He’s afraid his yardage books can be outdated and with a number of greens having been resurfaced in his absence, he’ll want to study their delicate breaks yet again.

So he’s heading to Georgia early to do his homework and added: “I’ll want to go take an extended look at it. As loopy as this will sound, I haven’t putted on bent grass in two years so I want the follow.

“So I would like to go up there and ensure that, have a look at all my reads on my putts and see in the event that they match my guide. In the event that they don’t, then I’ve obtained to draw some extra strains.

“That is going to really feel so new to me. I’ve additionally received to work out what wedges I would like to use for that week, see what the bounces are like, how a lot spin we’re going to get, and get used to these bunkers, as a result of the sand’s very heavy, very thick.

“I need to go there and do the onerous work. However I’m wanting ahead to it.”

IT IS the mouthwatering conflict each golf fan is determined to see and it might occur at The Masters — Tiger v Rory.