Tiger Woods says becoming Masters favorite is 'fairly a shift'

Tiger Woods (Getty Pictures)

Tiger Woods returned to aggressive golf in December for the Hero World Problem recent off his fourth again surgical procedure since 2014.

Expectations have been tempered after a couple failed comeback makes an attempt, however one thing has been totally different about Woods this time round. Now, gearing up for his first Masters since 2015, Woods is excited to return to Augusta Nationwide as a participant.

“It’s been robust simply going to the dinner,” Woods stated on his web site. “I’m not retired. Watching the blokes and listening to their pleasure about enjoying was troublesome. It was additionally unhappy not having Arnold there. It left a huge void.”

Woods, a 4-time Masters champion who hasn’t slipped on the inexperienced jacket since 2005, has two prime-5 finishes in his final three begins. He discovered it comical that he is now a Masters favorite.

“That’s sort of humorous,” Woods stated. “Fairly a shift. Six months in the past the chances have been I wasn’t even going to play.”

Having modified his swing to raised go well with his new bodily limitations, Woods has gained consolation every week.

“I’ve been higher with every week I’ve competed,” Woods stated. “Just a little extra crisp. I’m beginning to put the items collectively. I received a second probability on life. I’m a strolling miracle.”

All the things from the grass to the patrons lining fairways has Woods enthusiastic about competing at Augusta Nationwide once more.

“I’m simply actually wanting ahead to enjoying,” stated Woods. “It’s the most effective run event on the earth. The golf course, the patrons, the complete environment. It’s a golfer’s heaven. They resurfaced a few of the greens, however they nonetheless appear to be they’ve been there for one hundred years. The course was in unbelievable form. My yardage guide was principally the identical.”