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Tiger Woods has announced he’s designed two 18-hole putting courses that will open in Florida on 28 April.

PopStroke Entertainment Group, which is co-owned by Tiger Woods’ TGR Ventures, will open the courses as part of a brand-new technology-infused entertainment venue in Sarasota. Woods, who made a highly anticipated return to the game at The Masters earlier this month following injury, explained that the courses are designed to have broad appeal.

The 46-year-old said: “We are excited to introduce PopStroke to the Sarasota community as we continue our expansion. PopStroke is about bringing friends and families together to create lasting memories around the game of golf. We have created two 18-hole putting courses that can be enjoyed by all, regardless of age or skill level. We look forward to welcoming a new generation of players to our unique putting experiences at PopStroke Sarasota.”

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The courses have been designed with different ability levels in mind. The Tiger Red Course is the most challenging of the two, with strong contouring and difficult hole locations. In contrast, the Tiger Black Course has softened contours to appeal to families and beginners. Each course is built using synthetic turf, with undulations, bunkers, fairways and rough.

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PopStroke also has a customised mobile app that lets players order drinks and food to be delivered to them wherever they are on the courses, display their scores on a digital scoreboard, and earn loyalty rewards. As well as the putting courses, the venue also has an outdoor dining area and a playground. The centre is also the first of Popstroke’s properties on two storeys and has a rooftop bar and private event space.

This isn’t Woods’ first venture into course design. He has also designed par-3 projects including The Hay at Pebble Beach, the Oasis Short Course at Diamante, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and the 18-hole Payne’s Valley in Missouri’s Ozark Mountains.

Tiger Woods has announced his intention to participate in the upcoming 2022 Masters, but the 46-year-old golfer is not considered to be amongst the favourites to win the tournament.

Having not taken part in any event against high-level competition since the 2020 Masters, Woods expressed his gratitude towards the surgeons and physios that helped him plan his return to action.

“As of right now, I feel like I am going to play,” Woods told a press conference.

“I’ve worked hard. My team has been unbelievable. I’ve been lucky to have had great surgeons and great PTs and physios that have worked on me virtually every day. And we’ve worked hard to get to this point. It’s been a tough, tough year.

“Now everything is focused on how do I get myself into the position where I’m on that back nine on Sunday with a chance [to win].

“When I decide to hang it up, when I feel like I can’t win anymore, then that will be it.

“But I feel like I can still do it, and I feel like I still have the hands to do it, the body’s moving good enough.”

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Woods odds to win the Masters

According to the latest odds from FOX Bet, Woods is +4500 to come out victorious from the tournament, with Jon Rahm being the odds-in favourite to win the Masters at +1110.

Meanwhile, the five-time Master champion is +175 to finish in the top 20, +900 to finish in the top five and +400 to finish in the top 10.

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“Tiger has been wonderful for us all in this room,” said Rory McIlroy.

“He creates attention on the game of golf that no one else can. That’s great for his peers. It’s great for the media. It’s great for this golf club. It’s great for everyone. So, any time Tiger Woods is involved, it’s a wonderful thing.”

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Woods practised at Augusta on Sunday, and tweeted: “It will be a game-time decision on whether I compete.”; watch The Masters throughout the week live from Augusta National exclusively live on Sky Sports Golf

Will Tiger Woods tee it up at The Masters this week? With still no official confirmation on whether Woods intends to return to competitive action at Augusta National, Butch Harmon assesses whether we’ll see the 15-time major champion make his latest major comeback…

I know Tiger Woods and he just isn’t going to play The Masters for the sake of playing. If he doesn’t feel he can compete at a high level, even to the point in his mind where he could compete to have a chance to win, I’m not sure he would tee it up just to shoot 79, 79.

When the news broke on Tuesday that he had been playing golf with his son and Justin Thomas at Augusta National, I think that was a trial to see if he could even possibly walk 18 holes. It’s an extremely hilly course, a tough course to walk, and I think the number one test was whether he feels that he’s capable of walking 72 holes – which is what he’ll have to be capable of this week.

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If this was July at The Open at St Andrews, a flat golf course, I would say he would play, but I’m really not sure if you’re going to see him play the tournament rounds. I think we all hope that he will be playing, but we probably won’t know – to be honest with you – until Thursday whether he is actually going to go.

I think right now, at 46 years old, he’s testing himself to see if he’s capable of competing and he’s not just going to tee it up for ceremony at this point of his life. If he doesn’t feel that he can compete at a high level, then I don’t think we’ll see him this week.

Ten years from now that might be different, when he gets into his mid-50s and would be competing just for the sake of being a former champion, but I don’t think he is at that part of his life now.

We all want Woods to play and we all hope he does, as it would almost be another miracle. We never thought he would play again and yet he came back and won a major, but this one would be even greater, just to come back and compete and compete at a level where he’s in the hunt.

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Whether he can win or not, I feel like if he can feel like he’s capable of getting in the hunt, he will play. I don’t think he’ll play for the ceremonial walk around Augusta National.

Why has Tiger not confirmed he will play?

You know how Tiger’s camp is, you get no insider information! I know JT very well, who played him the other day, but I could call him up and ask him how Tiger played and he wouldn’t tell you a word. That’s the way Tiger wants it and that’s the way he would keep it.

That may seem ridiculous, but Tiger has never been any different and that’s the way the camp has been. They don’t really let out any information and they cover up things as much as possible, so we’re really not going to know until we get confirmation from Tiger himself.

He’ll be there for the Champions Dinner, but it’s unclear whether he would play many practice rounds having played on Tuesday and with the weather forecast how it is during the early part of the week. I guess we’ll just have to wait until Thursday when his name is announced – as he walks through the gallery to the tee – and everyone goes crazy!

It’s going to be Tiger, Tiger and more Tiger over the next few days – we all know that. That’s already been the case so far, as almost everything so far in the build-up to The Masters this year has been about Woods.

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Andy Murray’s reunion with Ivan Lendl a surprise, says Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou

Murray won all three of his grand slam titles under Lendl as well as two Olympic golds

Andy Murray’s reunion with coach Ivan Lendl was a surprise, Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou has said, but it would be a fitting way to end his career.

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Murray won all three of his grand slam titles under Lendl, including his historic Wimbledon title in 2013, and the 34-year-old has appointed him for a third spell.

The pair begin working together this month following tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami as Murray looks to climb up the rankings ahead of the grasscourt season.

“I was very surprised that Andy and Ivan start to work together again simply because they broke up two times already!” Mouratoglou told Sky Sports. “For Andy it’s more difficult to win a grand slam now after surgery and I’m surprised Ivan goes with someone who probably isn’t going to win a grand slam now.

“To win three slams is incredible with Roger, Rafa and Novak playing, to reach No1 in the world with those three guys playing is also incredible. He’s shown how dedicated he is to this game, an incredible fighter. It’s always exciting to work with guys like that so I can understand that Ivan is doing that. And I think it’s great because they’ve made wonders in the past together.

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“For them to end the career together, I think it’s very nice.”

Murray, who is ranked 84 in the world, announced a split from long-time coach Jamie Delgado in December and recently had spells with Jan De Wit and Dani Vallverdu.

The Scot first appointed Lendl in 2012 and the Czech-American, who is an eight-time grand slam champion, played a key role in Murray’s first major title at the US Open that year.

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Murray and Lendl first split in 2014 but resumed their partnership in 2016 as Murray won a second Wimbledon title and finished the year as world number one.

Lendl left Murray’s team at the end of the 2017 season, with the two-time Olympic champion since suffering several injury set-backs and undergoing career-saving hip resurfacing surgery.

Murray has said he plans to skip the clay court season in order to prepare for Wimbledon and he will work with Lendl on an extended training block in April.

In announcing the plans, Murray’s team said Lendl’s return will be followed by the appointment of an additional coach who will travel with him to tournaments.

Lendl, who had a spell coaching world number three Alexander Zverev between 2018 and 2019, previously split with Murray in order to spend less time travelling on the tour.

Fans of the former world number one will hope Lendl’s return is a boost to Murray’s chances of a deep run at a grand slam, something the Scot has not managed to do since his injury comeback.

He was knocked out of the Australian Open in the second round in January, losing in straight sets to Taro Daniel, and reached the third round on his return to Wimbledon last year.

andry murray Ivan Lendl

andry murray Ivan Lendl

andry murray Ivan Lendl