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Spring 2019 WOODS AND MCILROY TO MEET MASTERS' FATE A subtle whiff of azaleas pass by my window – it can only mean one thing – the U.S. Masters is fast approaching. April 11th is now just a turn or two of the calendar away before the most picturesque show in golf will be broadcast to our homes once more. This year's preamble will no doubt be dominated by two Nike stablemates, Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods; the former looking to etch his name into golfing im- mortality with the latter, immortal already, hoping to don his fifth green jack- et and hasten his chase of Jack Nicklaus' elusive 18-major haul. For Tiger, it's over a dec- ade now since his last Ma- jor triumph, the 2008 U.S. Open, but after overcom- ing a plague of back inju- ries and personal issues, this year feels different when uttering the word Woods. The patrons will be ex- pectant of his famous red jersey prowling the final stretch at Augusta Nation- al come April, after Woods re-entered the winner's circle at the Tour Champi- onship back in September. He might not romp home by 12 shots as he did for his first Masters win in '97, but few would begrudge Tiger a visit to the Butler Cabin at the culmination of 72 holes. That walk remains one of wonder for McIlroy who caved under the weight of expectation last year when going out in the fi- nal group alongside Amer- ican Patrick Reed. Argua- bly still haunted by letting his four-shot final round lead slip in 2011, the Mas- ters will once again prove a mind-game for McIlroy as he looks to complete the coveted career Grand Slam. Whether he can achieve the feat or not, only time will tell, but let's hope for golf's sake, both he and Woods are in the equa- tion come the back nine on Sunday in April. With the US Masters mere weeks away, the golfing world is hopeful that two of its biggest stars can feature on the back-nine come Sunday. Rory McIlroy Tiger Woods

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