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'Resurgent' Woods says he will play Augusta National for the 'green jacket'

April 4, 2012 - London

Former champion Tiger Woods has sent a strong warning to his rivals, saying that he is back and is looking to add a fifth green jacket to his cabinet ahead of the Augusta National.

Woods ended 30 months without a PGA Tour victory when he surged to a five-stroke victory at Bay Hill 10 days ago, and left no doubt about his determination to seize a fifth title here.

Despite the drastic swing changes enforced by coach Sean Foley, Woods has continued his comeback apace, and said his ball striking was back to its best.

"Consistently, with this type of control, it has been a few years. As far as having the speed and pop in my game, it has been a very long time," The Telegraph quoted Woods, as saying.

Woods has employed a little reverse psychology in depicting himself as the minnow compared to younger, and even more powerful players.

"I think I have more shots than I did in 2000. I guess I'm not driving the ball as far, but I'm longer than I was in 2000. So it's a different game. The guys are much taller, much bigger, much more athletic," Woods said.

"The game has become bigger and stronger. When I played back in 2000, the big carry was 280 yards. That was a big carry over a corner. Now that has been moved out to 315, 320. It's just a different number now," he added.

Woods could join legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus at second on the all-time US PGA win list with a 73rd overall crown, nine shy of Sam Snead's record.

"I would like the green jacket more. I know the 73 would be a by-product of it, but I'm here for the green jacket," Woods said.


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