4/5/2018 8:51:19 AM (GMT+3)

Excitement soars as Woods begins Augusta Masters campaign

Excitement soars as Woods begins Augusta Masters campaign

AUGUSTA, USA: Golf legend Tiger Woods will begin his quest to reclaim the Augusta Masters title here on Thursday.  

Woods, who has missed three of the past four Masters including the past two because of serious back problems.

The 14-time major champion last won in 2013 and his last major came in 2008 at the US Open, and his last Masters win was in 2005.

All ages of players – from 23-year-old Jon Rahm to 47-year-old Phil Mickelson– have their games in top form for the year's first major championship. Then there is the return to Augusta National of four-time champion Woods, 42, who is playing like the Woods of old.

For young players such as Rahm and 24-year-old Justin Thomas, this is the first time they’ve played in a Masters that included Woods, the co-holder of the Masters scoring record and a 12-shot winner in 1997.

“It’s going to be fun,” Woods said in an interview on the tournament website. “I think that everyone’s really looking forward to it, not just from the spectators, but from the players as well.”

Fred Ridley, the new chairman of Augusta National and the Masters, offered similar sentiments at his news conference on Wednesday.

“This is my 42nd Masters and I have never been a part of a week where there’s been any more excitement,” he said.