By Paul Mahoney

Yip Watch, also known as Tiger Woods’s practice round today, will get his freak show under way after lunch here at Augusta as the circus that follows every step of the 14-times majors champion will be mobilized outside the old colonial clubhouse.

It is 10 years since Woods last won the Masters and now here he is back at the course that was once Tiger-proofed after he destroyed it in 1997 but now nobody knows the state of his game. Has he cured his chipping yips? We’ll know the answer before tee time. The final of the Drive, Chip and Putt contest for children took place on Sunday. The cruel joke doing the rounds is that Tiger entered and came third.

The Masters - Preview Day 1

Meanwhile, 19-year-old Amateur champion Bradley Neil from Blairgowrie, Perthshire, got his wish to play at practice round with Rory McIlroy this morning. He got a bonus, too, because what was planned as just nine holes turned in to 18. Neil chipped in from 80 yards for an eagle at the par-five 2nd, too, showing the World No.1 that he might not be in the pro ranks but he still knows how to play. Welcome to the Masters, kid.

Richard Forrester

Richard Forrester

Richard Forrester is an experienced sports writer, having worked at SportsVibe and written for numerous sporting titles including Golfing World, Birmingham Mail and Stoke City's website.

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