Woods 'more balanced' for Masters

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The Independent Online

Tiger Woods insists his life is "a lot more balanced" as he prepares to return to the Masters, the scene of his comeback last year.

The former world No 1 took an extended break from the game following revelations about his personal life in late 2009 and only returned in Augusta last April. He finished an impressive joint fourth despite admitting he was not prepared for it.

"Yes, that was hard," he conceded. "That was very hard, because I wasn't as prepared physically or mentally for the event. I came back to a golf course that I had had success on, and I knew how to play it."

Now, Woods insists he is in a better position psychologically. "We've moved on," he said. "We've moved forward. It's about getting my life in a balance and that's been good. It feels good. My life is certainly a lot more balanced where it needs to be now than it was then."

The American's form on the course, though, has remained at best patchy since his return. Woods has not won a PGA Tour event in 18 months and has slipped in the world rankings to No 5.