Dustin Johnson ready to rely on improved putting at Augusta

8 Outsiders to Watch at the Masters

8 Outsiders to Watch at the Masters

He may be battling time, an ailing body and a raft of young guns inspired by his past heroics, but Tiger Woods is once again the talk of the town ahead of the 83rd Masters at Augusta this week.

Rory McIlroy believes juggling and meditation can help him win the Masters and complete the career grand slam.

Brooks Koepka, who out-duelled Woods on Sunday to win last year's PGA, knows the excitement a Woods major win would bring.

However, Woods has not tasted major success since the 2008 US Open, while it has been four years since McIlroy's 2014 PGA Championship win.

Four years have whizzed by without McIlroy winning a major, but his form is on point, having secured top-10 finishes in every stroke event this year, and he won THE PLAYERS Championship in March.

"If you say or you show everything that you have obviously it's not quite the same", said Garcia.

"I think that winning at (the Tour Championship) confirmed to me that I could still win again", Woods said. "And I would never rule him out".

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Ridley described the Masters as the epicenter of Augusta's "competitive tournament administration efforts", which limits how the golf course can be used each spring.

Patrons at the Masters can easily find themselves walking the course alongside a member but they will be hard-pressed to get any of those wearing Green Jackets to open up about one of the more exclusive clubs on the planet.

The former hasn't won a major since triumphing at The Open in 2017 and has not finished in the top five of any tournament since he did so at Augusta a year ago. Consider that the long reach of the late Bobby Jones, generally regarded as the most accomplished amateur golfer ever to play the game. He's been forced to watch on as a host of players from his era have been showered in major success, instead settling for eight top-5 finishes, four of which were accumulated consecutively in 2014, while at last year's Masters he finished one shot behind victor Patrick Reed.

McIlroy added: "I think I've found a formula that works for me, and I'm going to persist with it and I'm going to stick to it".

Jordan Spieth, who won the first of his three major titles to date at the 2015 Masters, sits off the pace at +2200 on the Masters odds.

Affectionately regarded as the "Cathedral of Pines", the 7,475-yard Augusta National layout is one of the most famous golf courses in the world and the only permanent venue for any of the sport's four majors.

Even Phil Mickelson - himself a chance to win the Masters for a fourth time - believes Woods is capable of reeling in Nicklaus's 18 majors. I get a rush out of pulling off shots that sometimes I only dreamed about pulling off, and to see some of the reactions.

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