Tiger Woods has said he is back to the form that saw him hold all four majors after his Masters victory in 2001.
The former world number one, who is looking for his fifth Masters title, won his first PGA Tour title since September 2009 at Bay Hill last week.
“I think I have more shots than in 2000,” he said after being paired with Miguel Angel Jimenez and Bae Sang-moon in today’s first round.
“I’m hitting the ball as consistently day-in, day-out as I did then.”
He added: “I feel like I’m driving the ball much better than I have.
“I’ve got some heat behind it and its very straight. My iron game is improving. So everything is headed in the right direction at the right time.”
World number three Lee Westwood has already dismissed suggestions that the tournament will be a two-horse race between Luke Donald and Rory McIlroy but Woods is full of praise for the Irishman, who bounced back after his challenge last year “went pearshaped”.