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"Don't count me out' says Tiger Woods

CONTENDER: Tiger Woods

FORMER WORLD number one Tiger Woods believes he is equipped to win his 15th major, after declaring himself ready for the Masters.

The prestigious tournament takes begins on Thursday, and Woods who is now ranked 111 in the world after recording a career worst score of 82 at the recent Phoenix Open, is ready to prove his critics wrong.

"I felt like I had to get my game into a spot where I could compete to win a golf tournament," said the 39-year-old. "And it's finally there."

The 39-year-old has failed to win a major since the 2008 US Open, with the last of his four Masters victories being a decade ago.

After impressing in his practice round on Monday, the Californian managed to complete the front nine in Augusta with long-time friend Mark O’Meara before participating in the 10th and 18th hole alone.

"I felt good. It was nice to get out here," he added. "Chipping is fine. I wanted to test out some wedges out here. That was why I was chipping a little bit more. It came down to a couple of different bounce settings because it's different from Florida. We figured the right one out."

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