Tiger Woods reminisces over ‘player heaven’ as he gears up for first appearance there since 2015

US golfer Tiger Woods (R) is awarded his

Woods has won the Masters four times throughout his career (Picture: Getty)

Tiger Woods has branded Augusta National golf course ‘player heaven’ and is looking forward to playing the Masters again after a ‘very frustrating’ few years away.

Woods, who hasn’t played the Masters since finishing T-17 in 2015, has been making remarkable strides in his golfing return and is on the verge of playing at this year’s tournament.

Sergio Garcia is the reigning champion and while the Spaniard will be desperate to keep the green jacket, Woods will want nothing more than being able to win the tournament for a fifth time.

‘Frustrating, very frustrating,’ Woods said regarding not being physically fit enough to play Augusta since 2015. ‘I was hoping my back could hold off for just four days.

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Casey won last week’s Valspar championship, with Woods just one shot behind. (Picture: Getty)

‘I don’t need the practice rounds, I can just walk it and take a look at them. Maybe chip and putt a little bit, but there was no chance [of playing in 2016 or 2017].

‘I love playing Augusta National, I love it. I know how to play it. Sometimes I don’t play well, but I know how to play it.

‘I just miss me being out there on those greens and hitting putts and being creative. There’s no other golf course like it in the world, and no other golf tournament like it, it is literally player heaven.

‘It has a deep place in my heart from the time I was there as an amateur, to my first win and to my other wins there as well. I just love playing August National.’

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Woods finished T-2 at last week’s Valspar Championship and looked back to his best for the first time in years.

The 42-year-old is set to tee off again at this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational on March 15 in further preparation for the Masters which begins on April 5.

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