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Woods excited for Masters defence despite absence of fans

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Modified 26 Aug 2020, 23:02 IST
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Tiger Woods insists this year's Masters will still be "fun" despite there being no fans at Augusta to witness his title defence.

Woods ended his 11-year major drought by taking the green jacket last year to cap a remarkable comeback from injury and personal issues.

The 2020 edition will take place behind closed doors in November having been postponed from April amid the coronavirus pandemic.

And while the 15-time major winner conceded it would be a "very different" experience, he still expects to enjoy it. 

"It's going to make a big difference to all of us," he said ahead of the BMW Championship.

"It has out here week in and week out [on the PGA Tour]. We just don't have the same type of energy, and as I said, the distractions, too.

"There at Augusta National you just have all those roars that would go up if somebody did something somewhere... we're not going to have any of that now.

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"So [we'll be] scoreboard-watching and trying to figure out what's going on. There aren't a lot of big leaderboards out there so that will be very different.

"It's going to be very different without 40,000 people there. When I first went there and had a chance to play in '95 and seeing it with no fans, it was eye-opening how much room there is.

"When you put 40,000 people on such a small piece of property, I know there's no rough, but it gets confined.

"This will be very different, but this will be a fun Masters and I'm looking forward to defending."

Woods shot a final-round 66 at the Northern Trust Open but finished in a tie for 58th.

He needs a strong display to advance in the FedExCup Playoffs and knows exactly what is required of him at Olympia Fields Country Club this week.

"I have to play well. I have to earn my way to East Lake," he said.

"I haven't done so yet and need a big week this week in order to advance. If I don't, then I go home. This is a big week for me.

"I'm looking forward to getting out there and playing and competing. This golf course is set up more like a U.S. Open than it is a regular Tour event, but this is the Playoffs. It's supposed to be hard."

Published 26 Aug 2020, 23:02 IST
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