Can Tiger Woods still win the Masters at 43?

Can Tiger Woods still win the Masters at 43?

He will face formidable challenges from both the Augusta National layout and leading contenders Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, Tiger Woods and a cluster of the world's best players.

Speaking of stunning stories, Rory McIlroy is still searching for the final piece in his personal Career Grand Slam puzzle, something the Northern Irish golfer has been attempting to unearth since 2014.

But after winning the Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February, it seems a career grand slam may still be in reach since this year's U.S. Open will be played on the same course. The Listowel, Ontario native marched to his first-ever win on the PGA Tour last weekend at the Valero Texas Open, but missed the cut in his only previous Masters appearance, as an amateur in 2015.

"I feel I can still putt", Woods said.

"It proved to me I could win again", he said of his wire-to-wire victory in Atlanta. "I just would never rule him out".

It's no secret that Mickelson likes to play his way into major form; he's played the week before the Masters 10 of the past 11 years. I hope I can win, but I know I need to work on so many things.

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Patrons at the Masters can easily find themselves walking the course alongside a member but they will be hard-pressed to get any of those wearing Green Jackets to open up about one of the more exclusive clubs on the planet.

And the four-time major victor has revealed how meditation, juggling and a wide variety of reading material helped him end a number of final-day failures and triumph at Sawgrass.

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.

"Look, I'm not going to go live with the monks for a couple of months in Nepal", said McIlroy, who tees off with Rickie Fowler and Australian Cameron Smith in the group behind Woods Thursday. But by promoting women amateurs, the future stars of the Ladies Professional Golf Association, we'd like to think that that is something that's going to benefit them, as well, and I think that the LPGA would agree.

Everything from revenue at the club's massive merchandise store, where a seemingly never-ending line snakes through the doors all week, to the attendance figures at the year's first major are considered classified information at Augusta National.

The Masters is a different kettle of fish but what a sensational story it would be if he was to stand alone at the summit come Sunday... I get a rush out of pulling off shots that sometimes I only dreamed about pulling off, and to see some of the reactions. The final group of the day, meanwhile, includes 2015 Masters victor Jordan Spieth, Brooks Koepka and England's Paul Casey.