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O'Meara: "Woods is powerful again"
After two days practising together at Augusta National this week, Mark O'Meara is certain that close friend Tiger Woods is back to his best, and the chase for Jack Nicklaus's record of 18 major wins is back on.

"Everything I saw out there on the course was extremely good," the 1998 Masters champion said. "I expect him to play really well out there – I'd be shocked if he didn't. He's driving the ball well. He's powerful again. He's got a little pep to his step again."

Seen as a pseudo-father figure by Woods during his early days on the PGA Tour, O'Meara cited the victory at the Bay Hill Invitational two weekends ago as a turning point in Woods' quest to regain his legendary dominance of the sport.

"It's like riding a bike," O'Meara said. "When you have won the tournaments he has won and have had the career he has had, it's always going to be in there. He just needed to dig deep and find it. Nerves are a big part of the game, and even he gets nervous. Yet he was certainly in control on that Sunday at Bay Hill."

"There are going to be a lot of guys this week who will be in contention – certainly a lot of guys who have had good experiences here before," he said. "I think those guys have got a little bit of an advantage. Having said that, this is not going to be a pushover by any means because there are a lot of guys playing well, particularly young players."

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