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Published: 08:28 | 15/4/19

Woods: East Lake gave me confidence


Tiger Woods admits his victory at the Tour Championship gave him the confidence he needed to go an win a fifth Masters title at Augusta National.

Playing in the final group, Woods capitalised on errors by Francesco Molinari on the back nine to move to the top of the leaderboard with three birdies in four holes from the 13th.

Holding a two-shot cushion on the 18th tee, Woods tapped in for bogey to finish one clear of Brooks Koepka and complete a remarkable comeback.

His victory at August comes ten-and-a-half years after he won his last major title, during which time he battled serious back injury to leave many wondering if he would ever be able to compete at the highest level again.

However, having claimed the season-ending Tour Championship last season, Woods knew that he was capable of adding to his 14 major titles.

"That win at East Lake was a big confidence‑booster for me because I had come close last year a couple times, which still have to get it across the finish line, and I didn't quite do it," said Woods.

"I didn't do it at Tampa, I didn't do it at The Open Championship, I was a little better at the PGA, but still I didn't win. So East Lake was a big step for me, confirming that I could still win out here and against the best players.

"The Tour Championship is obviously the hottest 30 guys for the year, so to be able to do that against Rory and Rosey there gave me a lot of confidence going into this year. I said, 'you know, just keep building on it and let's try to get the mind and body peaking towards Augusta'.

"So my last three major championships have been pretty good, so that in itself gives me a lot of confidence going down the road, and I had a pretty good feeling going into this week that I was going to be able to contend in this event. I really felt that I was starting to shape the golf ball, and my putting was starting to come around.

"My short game's been there. I know that I made a few mistakes the last couple tournaments, but it just felt like it was there. My hands were good.

"And I just kept telling myself to miss the ball in the correct spots, and I did, time and time again. I was very disciplined in what I was doing out there. Even when guys were shooting 64 on Saturday, I was just kind of going around, just handling my business, work your way up the board and make sure that I keep myself in the event."

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