Woods thrilled by Masters buzz

22 February 2018 04:17:22 EST

As Tiger Woods prepares for his third start of the year, the Honda Classic at PGA National, he couldn't help revealing his excitement ahead of a return to the Masters in April.

"I just miss the rush of competing for a green jacket," he said ahead of his first round in Florida. "I've been doing it since I was 19 years old. It's a long time and I've enjoyed every single challenge.

"But having to sit out on the sidelines, it's not fun. It really isn't. This year, it's different. I'm really looking forward to it.

"It helps that I've won there four times and I've won there under different layouts. It's a comfort. You look at what I've done, what Phil Mickelson's done, what Freddie Couples does every single year for the past hundred years. Same with Bernhard Langer.

"We just know where to miss it and how to play the golf course, where to be patient and when to really be aggressive."

The 42-year-old is also thrilled by the progress he has made in his recovery and the opportunity to continue it close to home this week.

"I'm starting to get that feeling again of playing tournament golf," he added. "It's different when each and every shot counts. I'm looking at where I need to put the golf ball.

"It's nice to be sleeping in my own bed too. After the Genesis Open (missed cut) I just felt like I just needed to continue doing the things I've been working on. I just needed to get better at them.

"It wasn't very good on Friday, and more importantly, I didn't putt very good. I didn't feel good warming up ahead of Friday's round with my putter. I had terrible speed and it showed. I got exposed there on the back nine with three three-putts."

A runner-up in the 2012 Honda Classic, Woods is 66/1 to win the tournament outright this week. For his return to Augusta National he is rated a 12/1 shot.

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