Promoting his book about his 1997 Masters victory, Woods said on television's Good Morning America program in March that he was unable to train enough to prepare for the rigors of playing four rounds at a major event.
Woods bogeyed holes one, four, eight and nine.
But his return has run aground, with the 41-year-old withdrawing from the Genesis Open in Los Angeles in February, the Honda Classic and the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March.
This is not a surprise, but it is informative for trying to win the 2017 Masters.
Spieth was left reeling in 2016 when he took a quadruple bogey on the famous Par 3 12th hole in the final round to allow England's Danny Willett to take the Green Jacket. He said, "He just didn't feel he was ready..."
Jordan Spieth has played in just three Masters and he has a win and a pair of runner-ups finishes. He became an epic pitchman, endorsement income helping him crack $1 billion by some estimates, and moved him four major wins shy of the record 18 won by Jack Nicklaus. I still thought he was going to win the tournament. "It was a struggle for me to play golf". I'm not really looking at it as my last one, but if it is, it is.
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Woods came into the new year with renewed hope and belief that he could still make a career of it on the PGA Tour. He won a World Golf Championship in Mexico City (stroke play) and another one on the edge of Hill Country in Texas (match play).
But McIlroy is not so convinced Spieth will find it possible to forget what happened.
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Johnson talks about the improvement he has made in his wedges, though the biggest difference was going to a controlled fade off the tee, instead of a draw that could sometimes get away from him.
Knowing the emotional experiences Day has been through in recent weeks, including his mother's successful surgery 10 days ago, Appleby said the former No.1 would have to be "free as a bird" mentally to get the Masters success he so dearly craves. "He just had to buy into it".
"I remember his last putt".
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Along with his 4 match ban, he was also fined 10,000 Swiss francs for waving & shouting at the official after being given a foul. Bringing back the good times was just what Messi's Barcelona teammate Neymar had wanted from Brazil's game in Sao Paulo.
Twelve months ago he rebounded from an ugly third-round 77 to close with a solid 71 which earned him a share of 10th, again six strokes adrift of the victor, Danny Willett.
Another outstanding ball-striker, Leishman tied for fourth in 2013, when he played the final round with eventual victor Adam Scott.
"There are just so many intangibles that as young players we can't really grasp because the world has changed so much in the last 20 years, but he laid down the foundations for a lot of the things that we know".
"Arnold meant an bad lot to every one of us", said four-time major champion Rory McIlroy. "Arnie always put you at ease".
"I think about what could have been and if that hadn't have went wrong, I wouldn't have to answer the questions that I have to answer at this time of the year, every year, until I win one", McIlroy said.
Early on in the final round, it seemed more of the same as Spieth shot 32 on the front nine to build a five-shot lead over Willett. Last year Els was publicly humiliated when he took six putts from inside four feet on the first hole.
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