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Tiger Woods revival ignites Masters buildup but glory may have to wait | Ewan Murray

The 14-times major winner’s second place to Paul Casey at the Valspar Championship has added spice ahead of the Masters but talk of a return to the golden days may be premature

Bookmakers apparently revel in these fevered times for golf. By Monday afternoon, the only absent bulletin was the price for Tiger Woods to walk unassisted on Rae’s Creek when taking to the 12th green during his first Masters round. That may be in the post.

Woods’s surpassing of expectations has been timely. With the first major of the year, the Masters, only three weeks away, the 42-year-old finds himself listed among the second favourites to prevail. Woods can be backed at shorter odds than Sergio García, the defending champion, Justin Rose, a modern day Augusta specialist and Bubba Watson, a double winner in the past six years.

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