Tiger Woods is on track for his first Masters start in 3 years

Tiger Woods has until his first-round tee time at Augusta on April 5 to decide if he’ll play the Masters for the first time since 2015, but it’s obvious the winner of four green jackets plans to go for his fifth come the first Thursday in April.

Woods, who on Thursday will make his debut at the Valspar Championship specifically to get more competitive reps ahead of the Masters, said on Wednesday that he’ll practice at Augusta ahead of the men’s first major of the season. In doing so, he acknowledged without spelling it out that he’ll be in the Augusta field and that he liked his and other geezers’ chances of contending with the youngsters.

“I’m going to go. I’ll go there before. I haven’t played in a couple of years now and I’d like to get up there and take a look at it,” Woods, who finished T17 in his last Masters start three years ago, told reporters after an early-morning pro-am at Innisbrook.

“I know there’s no changes as far as design. I think they’ve resurfaced some greens here and there so I’ll take look at those and see if those breaks match my book … and get used to putting on bent[grass]. I haven’t putted on bent in literally years,” Woods noted, “so

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