Friday 15 December 2017

Woods in the swing

Jack Nicklaus produced one of the greatest victories in Masters history 25 years ago when, at age 46, he sealed his sixth win at Augusta with a stunning final-round 65.

That phenomenal performance is rivalled only by Tiger Woods' sensational breakthrough at Augusta in 1997, when at age 21 he became the youngest player to don the Green Jacket.

Nicklaus still gets goose bumps every time he drives down Magnolia Lane, a feeling he shares with many of his peers.

Not Tiger, though. "Driving down Magnolia Lane is just looking at some trees," says Woods, ever the romantic.

Though beaten in sudden death by Graeme McDowell at the Chevron last December, Woods views that defeat as a positive as he tries to bed in swing changes under new coach Sean Foley.

"Because I'd played so well for three rounds, I was excited the year came down to one shot and I pulled it off at the 72nd," he says.

At least caddie Steve Williams won't be able to whip off his bib before next Sunday's finish. Caddies are obliged to wear white overalls at Augusta.

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