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Tiger tunes up at Augusta

Published 1204 GMT (2004 HKT) April 7, 2015
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Fourteen-time major champion Tiger Woods was at Augusta on Monday to tune up for this week's Masters. As ever, the former world No. 1 was followed round the famous course by an eager few thousand spectators. Jamie Squire/Getty Images
Woods confirmed he'd be playing in the first major of the year on Friday, adding an extra buzz to what is one of golf's most anticipated weeks. He has four green jackets to his name but won his last a decade ago. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
The 39-year-old had taken a self-imposed break from the game after a poor start to the year that was blighted by injury and poor form. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images
Woods shot a career worst round of 82 at his first tournament of 2015 in Phoenix before withdrawing from his second at Torrey Pines due to injury. He said he'd only be back when his game was "acceptable for tournament golf." Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
Woods has dropped to 111th in the world rankings -- the worst of his career. Should he claim a fifth green jacket this year he'd be the lowest ranked player ever to win the Masters, usurping Angel Cabrera, who was 69th in the world when he won in 2009. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
Woods played two practice rounds last week and says his game is in good order. "It's a progression," he was quoted as saying on his official website. "I felt like I had to get my game into a spot where I could compete to win a golf tournament, and it's finally there." Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
Woods played nine holes on Monday with 1998 Masters champion Mark O'Meara, who said he saw some good signs in the 14-time major winner's game.
Whatever Woods does do this week, he's sure to be one of the main draws. Andrew Redington/Getty Images