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Is Tiger trying to bully the Masters field?

April 11, 2013|By David Wharton
  • Tiger Woods swings during the first round of the 77th Masters on Thursday in Augusta, Ga.
Tiger Woods swings during the first round of the 77th Masters on Thursday… (Don Emmert / Getty Images )

Good thing Augusta National doesn't have a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to bullying.

In a column on the Sky Sports website, Colin Montgomerie suggests that Tiger Woods had been trying to intimidate the rest of the field "into early submission" with his news conference chatter before Thursday's first round of the 77th Masters.

Woods has seemed especially upbeat, clearly pleased to have regained the No. 1 spot in the world and saying that, at 37, he has a lot of good years ahead of him.

"Is it false -- is it all part of the psychology?" Montgomerie asked, adding: "He wants to get that type of 'bullying' feeling back again."

Not that Montgomerie believes any of this is bad. Earlier in the week, the former top golfer said he thought a Woods victory at Augusta would be good for golf. Still, he seems a bit skeptical about all the confidence.

"We may well see him tee off and hit it straight over the trees and onto the ninth fairway and think, 'What was that all about?'" Montgomerie said. "But I think there is a bit of psychology going on."

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