Woods stays the main draw at Masters

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:51 IST

The 69th Masters tournament that begins today continues to have Tiger Woods as the main attraction.

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The 69th Masters tournament that begins today continues to have Tiger Woods as the main attraction. However, Phil Mickelson, the defending champion, is primed to join Woods, Nick Faldo and Jack Nicklaus as the only consecutive winners of a green jacket. His victory Monday in the BellSouth Classic was his third of the year. And his confidence soars even higher in Magnolia Lane, where a year ago he birdied five of the last seven holes to capture his first major. Strong contenders Vijay Singh is No 1 in the world, and has been for all but two weeks in March. And while his only victory this year came in the second week of the season, he is the only player who seems to be around the top of the leaderboard no matter where he plays. "Vijay is the one that is playing the best at the moment," Sergio Garcia said. Ernie Els is seeking redemption at Augusta National, while Retief Goosen also seeks recognition. The two South Africans, along with Mickelson and Singh, all have won majors in the nearly three years since Woods last captured a coveted Grand Slam event. High standards Woods has gone 10 majors without winning, matching the longest drought of his career. His last major victory was the 2002 US Open at Bethpage Black, and the landscape was much different then. Mickelson still had not won a major. Singh was toiling in obscurity. Els was on the verge of resurrecting his game, although he had gone five years since his second US Open title. However, no one seemed to come close to Woods. (AP)

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