Woods, McIlroy cool in Masters glare

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"Every time I come out here and practise, I pick up a little something here or there that I did not know on how to play a certain shot from a certain position to a certain pin".

At this year's first major, however, Johnson isn't putting that much pressure on himself, which should serve him well. "I just would never rule him out".

Augusta National Golf Club's green jacket isn't the only prize that awaits the victor of this year's Masters Tournament in Georgia.

"But what I think is most productive is to look at where we are today, realize that throughout the history of this club, we have promoted the game, and we have now identified a really important segment, the fastest growing segment of the game, that we can help make a difference".

Tiger Woods aside, there's unlikely to be a more popular victor this weekend than Rickie Fowler. A year ago when Chairman Fred Ridley addressed the media, he dropped a bombshell in announcing the creation of the Augusta National Women's Amateur.

And McGinley believes that will prove key in Augusta this week as to whether he will be in contention.

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When the tournament really hots up on Sunday afternoon, the roars accompanying great shots will explode like incendiaries and reverberate around the towering pines like nowhere else in golf. "It's just a very special place", said Woods.

Inclusion in golf's ultra elite club alongside Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Nicklaus and Woods would convey greatness, but Augusta has become McIlroy's semi nemesis.

Li Haotong's appearance at this week's Masters will be the 25th time a Chinese golfer has teed off in a major championship.

A shaky final-round performance doomed McIlroy to a fifth-place finish at last year's Masters.

"Certainly form is important, especially on and around the greens, feeling like you're in control of your speed control, distance control, your spin control, having all the shots around here". A year later, reaction to the event was a major source of interest.

Tuesday's Champions Dinner is one, when the defending champion chooses the menu and hosts the previous winners in the clubhouse - Reed is serving bone-in ribeye steak and macaroni cheese as mains.

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"I'm not going to go and live with the monks for a couple months in Nepal, it's 10 minutes a day", McIlroy side in a fascinating pre-tournament interview.

Another is the Par-3 contest over the short course around Ike's Pond on the eve of the Masters, before honorary starters Nicklaus, 79, and Player, 83, get the tournament under way on the first tee Thursday. I feel like my recent results aren't a tell of where my game is actually at.

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But a victory in the Tour Championship last year not only showed he can still compete and win at the highest level but gave Woods some sorely needed confidence heading into the first major of the year.

Spieth's wire-to-wire victory in 2015 and dominance for three rounds in 2016 suggested he was the new king at Augusta.

"It's electric. I've heard it and I've felt it and it's exciting to be part of", added Woods.

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