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Clubs flying as Tiger Woods works to get back on Augusta tee

By Phil Casey

Published 08/04/2015

All smiles: Tiger Woods
All smiles: Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods threw several clubs in frustration as he worked on his game "from sun up to sun down" in order to be ready for his 20th appearance in the Masters.

But the former world number one also showed a rare lighter side to his personality yesterday confirming his two children would caddie for him during the traditional par-three contest he has not played in since as long ago as 2004.

Woods has started just two events to date in 2015, shooting a career-worst score of 82 to miss the cut in the Waste Management Phoenix Open back in January and withdrawing through injury after just 11 holes of the Farmers Insurance Open the following month.

That led to the 14-time major winner taking a break from competition to get his game back in shape, during which time he dropped outside the world's top 100 for the first time since September 1996 - a slide which continued on Monday as he fell from 104th to 111th.

The 39-year-old has not won a major since the 2008 US Open and the last of his four Masters wins was a decade ago, but after 11 holes of practice on Monday he declared he was finally able to "compete to win a golf tournament".

"I worked my ass off," Woods said with a smile in his pre-tournament press conference. "That's the easiest way to kind of describe it. I worked hard.

"People would never understand how much work I put into it to come back and do this again.

" It was sun up to sundown, and whenever I had free time. If the kids were asleep, I'd still be doing it, and then when they were in school, I'd still be doing it. So it was a lot of work.

"There were times when there were a few clubs that flew, suddenly slipped out of my hand and travelled some pretty good distances, too. There were some frustrating moments, but I had to stick with it."

Selected first-round tee-off times (BST): 1.29pm V Singh (Fij), D Clarke (Nl), R Henley. 1.40pm J-M Olazabal (Sp), B Todd, K Na (Kor). 2.02pm P Reed, K Bradley, I Poulter (Eng). 2.13pm M A Jimenez (Sp), A Lahiri (India), L Westwood (Eng). 2.24pm B Watson, J Rose (Eng), G Yang (Kor). 2.35pm A Scott (Aus), D Johnson, A Murdaca (Aus).

3.19pm W Simpson, H Matsuyama (Japan), P Casey (Eng). 3.41pm P Mickelson, R McIlroy (NI), R Moore. 3.52pm JB Holmes, M Kaymer (Ger), B Snedeker. 4.03pm I Woosnam (Wal), E Compton, M Leishman (Aus). 4.47pm B Langer (Ger), B Wies-berger (Aut), G Ogilvy (Aus). 5.09pm Z Johnson, J Furyk, E Els (SA). 5.20pm A Cabrera (Arg), L Oost-huizen (SA), M Dominguez (Chi). 5.42pm P Harrington (Ire), R Palmer, T Bjorn (Den). 6.04pm M Kuchar, B Koepka, G McDowell (Nl). 6.15pm H Stenson (Swe), J Spieth, B Horschel. 6.37pm V Dubuisson (Fr), L Donald (Eng), J Senden (Aus). 6.48pm J Donaldson (Wal), T Woods, J Walker. 6.59pm J Day (Aus), S Garcia (Sp), R Fowler.

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