It is little wonder Tiger Woods believes he can win The Masters for a record-tying sixth time at Augusta National this week when you take a quick gloss over his driver data on the range this week.
Woods told the media at Augusta today that he will be competing at The Masters this week, ending all speculation that he would be forced to withdraw from the tournament.
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Tiger Woods on his status for the Masters: "As of right now, I feel like I am going to play." pic.twitter.com/srUztCj16i— ESPN (@espn) April 5, 2022
The 15-time major champion is making his first competitive start on Tour since finishing tied 38th at The Masters in November 2020.
He told the media today that he not only plans to make a 24th Masters appearance this week, but that he believes he can win.
Woods has played a couple of practice rounds at Augusta in preparation and he has reportedly been playing and practising regularly at his home club at Medalist.
Fred Couples played a practice round with Woods and Justin Thomas on Monday afternoon and he was left to believe that Woods has every chance of contending for a sixth Masters and 16th career major.
"If he can walk 72 holes around here, he'll contend," said Couples.
"The driver was a machine. I watched it today, he looked phenomenal."
Couples would appear to be spot on when you take a closer look at Woods' driver data on the range.
Woods is using a new TaylorMade Stealth driver.
As you can see from the above numbers, Woods is achieving a very solid 171 mph ball speed.
Woods is carrying his driver 291 yards with an apex of 108 feet, descent of 37 degrees and curve of 13 yards.
"For his first tournament back, Tiger is already at the PGA Tour average for ball speed," says GolfMagic Equipment Editor Alex Lodge.
"He is carrying it 10 yards further than the PGA Tour average, too.
"It is clear Tiger has his speed back and has been working hard to achieve that in recent months. It's just a case of whether he can hold onto this for 72 holes of competition.
"It's going to be a long walk for him, which appears the biggest difficulty for him right now."