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Tiger gunning for Masters glory after a golfing year to forget

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Tiger Woods looking forward to the Masters
  • Tiger Woods tells CNN he is still intent on adding to his haul of 14 major golf titles
  • Woods hasn't won a tournament since November 2009 and has slipped to world No.5
  • The 35-year-old says he has a better balance in his life than he did a year ago
  • Woods says being a good father is more important to him than achievements on the course

(CNN) -- Tiger Woods has told CNN he still has a burning desire to add to his haul of major titles as he aims to banish a disappointing year with victory in the Masters at Augusta.

Woods returned from a self-imposed exile from the game at the 2010 Masters and finished fourth despite admitting a lack of mental and physical preparation.

A difficult season followed as Woods failed to win any tournaments and slipped from world number one back to his current ranking of fifth.

But he told CNN's Living Golf show that he has a much better balance in his life than he did 12 months ago and says he "always" wants to win at Augusta, with this year's edition a little over a month away.

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"It's fun to win that tournament," he said. "I've enjoyed my wins in the past and it was a lot of fun coming up to the 18th green when I knew I was going to win. To enjoy that walk up 18 is unlike any other place."

Woods admits he is at a loss to explain how he managed to come fourth in his first appearance after taking several months out after he was engulfed in a very public, personal crisis.

Despite trailing eventual winner Phil Mickelson by five shots, Woods' feat of finishing near the top of the leaderboard with little practice or preparation is one that still amazes him.

He said: "That was very hard because I wasn't as prepared physically or mentally for the event, but I came back to a golf course I had success on and I knew how to play it.

"I still don't know how I did that. I think it helped coming back to a golf course I know. I know where I need to put the golf ball on each and every flag and that helped a lot.

"Of all the golf courses we play St Andrews (in Scotland) and Augusta are the two you have to know have to play. You can't go out there and just hit the golf ball and expect to shoot good numbers."

Few are predicting Woods will match his fourth spot in four weeks time when the globe's top golfers descend on Augusta for the first major of the season.

It's about getting my life in a balance and that's been good, it feels good
--Tiger Woods

Woods' trophy drought now extends to 15 months but he insists he is in a better frame of mind going into the tournament than he was last year.

"We've moved on, we've moved forward," he said. "It's about getting my life in a balance and that's been good, it feels good. My life is certainly a lot more balanced and where it needs to be now than it was then."

With 14 major championships in the bank, Woods is still fixed on usurping Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 -- "I'm not trying to match it, I'm trying to get past it" -- but says being a good father is more important than his achievements on the course.

He said: "It's all about them so whatever they want to do we do. Obviously, when I don't have them that's when I can practice a little more but when I'm around them it's all about them.

"It's the greatest thing in the world it really is. Being present for your kids is far more valuable than anything you do, to be around them to be with them and help them grow and share experiences with them is something so special."