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Masters 2018: Tiger Woods says Augusta return is 'crazy'

Tiger Woods attracted huge galleries on his return to playing at Augusta on Tuesday



Tiger Woods says it is "crazy" he is playing at this year's Masters, never mind being considered a favourite, given he could barely sit through last year's annual champions dinner.

The four-time champion, 42, had back surgery under a year ago but is among an 87-strong field at the 82nd Masters.

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Tiger Woods & Rory McIlroy in contention at Arnold Palmer Invitational


Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are both in contention after the opening round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational



Sweden's Henrik Stenson leads after an eight-under-par 64 with American Woods tied seventh on four under and Northern Ireland's McIlroy a shot further back.

England's Justin Rose and Tommy Fleetwood and Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell are also on three under.

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'Tiger Woods' resurgence sends bolt of electricity through golf'

Woods needed a birdie on the final hole to force a play-off at the Valspar Championship, but could only make par



Rarely do UK headlines go to a player finishing second behind a British champion on the PGA Tour, but that was an inevitability in the wake of Tiger Woods finishing runner-up to Paul Casey last Sunday.

Take nothing away from Casey's brilliant victory at the Valspar Championship, his first on the American circuit for nine years; it was a terrific performance in Florida, providing a long overdue win for the 40-year-old Englishman.

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Rules of golf: R&A and USGA confirm major overhaul from 2019

David Rickman, the R&A's executive director of governance, has led the overhaul of rules that will be implemented on 1 January 2019



Golf's governing bodies have confirmed a radical overhaul of the game's rules to be implemented in 2019.

The R&A and United States Golf Association (USGA) have made alterations to proposals released for public consultation last year.

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Tiger Woods to play PGA Tour events as part of Masters preparations

Woods won the last of his 14 majors at the 2008 US Open



Fourteen-time major winner Tiger Woods will play in two upcoming PGA Tour events as he prepares to return to the Masters at Augusta next month.

The 42-year-old American will play in next week's Valspar Championship near Tampa and the following week's Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando.

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