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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Paul McGinley hoping Tiger Woods takes Masters spotlight off Rory McIlroy

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Tiger Woods

Former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley hopes Tiger Woods returns to action in time for the Masters in order to divert some of the spot light from Rory McIlroy.

Victory at Augusta would make world number one McIlroy just the sixth player to complete the career grand slam of all four major titles after Woods, Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus.

Woods has not won a major since the 2008 US Open and not claimed a green jacket since 2005, but McGinley knows the attention surrounding the 14-time major winner's current struggles would make life easier for McIlroy next month.

"Look what happened at the US PGA last year," said McGinley, who will be at the Masters in Augusta commentating for Sky Sports, the only place to watch all four days live.

"All the talk was 'is Tiger going to play, is he not going to play?'. At the time Rory was favourite, but all the expectation, all the talk, was focused on Tiger.

"Rory didn't sneak in the back door, but he was able to go about his business without the attention on him. I do hope Tiger comes back, we all do. I don't know if he will or not, we'll have to wait and see."

In two starts this year, Woods missed the cut at the Waste Management Phoenix Open after a career-worst 82 and lasted just 11 holes at the Farmers Insurance Open.

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