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Tiger Woods gearing up for Masters challenge

As Tiger Woods prepares for next month's US Masters at Augusta. If he should win, nothing would dissuade him from the view that he had achieved the grand slam, since he would be holding all four majors at the same time.

Tiger Woods believes that the feat doesn't have to be completed in the same year. "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but that's mine," Woods said. Few however agree, Jack Nicklaus for one who was once in a similar position recalls that no one even mentioned the grand slam when he had the chance for his fourth straight major.

Woods said in Dubai that he has been concentrating on specific Augusta-style shots all year.

He said: "Every time you play there you become more aware of the need for control. The greens are so severe that you must ensure you go into them with the right spin."

"I'm trying to get my game ready for it," said Woods.

"A chance like this doesn't really present itself very often and hopefully I can play well at the right time."

"I enjoy the challenge, especially on the greens, and the fact that you get to use your creativity.

"A lot of times now at most tournaments it's automatically a lob wedge into the greens.

Tiger Woods is gearing up for the Masters. Allsport.

"At Augusta there are so many different shots you can play.

"It's one of the reasons why we all enjoy playing that golf course - because of the different options it presents us.

"Any time you play there you have to be aware of trajectory control more so than most tournaments because of the severity of the greens.

"You have to be sure you are coming into the greens with the right spin.

"If you come in with the wrong spin and land on the wrong side of the slope you're going to be in a world of hurt."

"Hopefully I can get my swing in check and get my emotions in check because any time you play major championships it's a long week for your emotions as well as physically."

"It was a great way to start my professional career. So much was expected of me even though I hadn't been a pro for more than six months.

"That I won the event just relieved a lot of pressure."

"I think I'm a whole lot better player. I've grown up a bit.

"Emotionally I've gone through a whole lot of things and I'm more experienced. That has helped my game."


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