Woods ready for Masters bid

Tiger Woods is happy to have ‘done the right thing’ ahead of the US Masters (Woods 13/2 Tournament Outright) by pulling out of the WGC-Cadillac Championship and it appears to have worked after he made a successful return from injury at the Tavistock Cup.

The 36-year-old withdrew from the final round at Doral earlier this month with an Achilles tendon injury which forced him to miss the Transitions Championship last week, and put his appearance in the year’s first Major in jeopardy.

However, the former world number one enjoyed a nine-under-par 63 better-ball in partnership with Justin Rose, representing Albany, in the star-studded four-club challenge and he is confident fitness will not be an issue when he bids to add to his haul of 14 Major titles.

“I did the smart thing and prudent thing this time, hence I’m back in a week,” Woods said.

“I’ve done it before and played through not just pain, but injury and set myself back quite a bit. That’s what I did last year and missed two major championships because of it.

“I want to be ready for Augusta.

“I have to do the right thing. Unfortunately there are times when I’ve played when I probably shouldn’t have and it’s cost me.”

Woods is a four-time winner at Augusta while Phil Mickelson (13/2 Outright) has tasted success on three previous occasions, although it is Rory McIlroy, who collapsed when leading in the final round last year, who heads the betting at 4/1.

Woods will also line up in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, starting on Thursday at Bay Hill in Orlando, and he is the 8/1 favourite to take a win into the first round at Augusta, with Mickelson available at 14/1 and England’s Justin Rose – who won the WGC-Cadillac Championship two weeks ago – next best at 16/1.

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