Confident Woods up for Masters

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Despite what some may say, Tiger Woods feels he is ready to win again – and right now, at the Masters.

Despite what others say, Tiger Woods feels he is ready to win again – and right now, at the Masters.

Winless since the end of 2009, and bang in the middle of yet another swing change, the former world number one was still bullish about his chances at Augusta this week.

“My whole idea is to try to win the golf tournament and that’s what I’m trying to do,” he said.

“My whole idea is to prepare. I’ve prepared all year to peak four times a year and that has not changed, and that’s what I’m trying to do.”

Asked if he felt ready to claim a fifth green jacket, he replied: “Mm-mmm.” Asked what aspects of his game felt ready to him, he said: “Everything.”

Another one-word answer came when a reported asked if we’d seen the best of him yet: “No.”

When pushed to expand on that, he said: “Well, I believe in myself.

“There’s nothing wrong with believing in myself. God, I hope you guys feel the same way about yourselves.

“You know, that’s the whole idea. That you can always become better.”

Woods will be playing alongside Graeme McDowell, who pipped him to the post in dramatic fashion at the Chevron Challenge in December – Tiger’s last and only realistic chance at a victory since 2009 – and Australian Robert Allenby.

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