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Masters will be more than a one-man show as Tiger Woods returns from the wilderness

The unmistakable presence of Tiger Woods looms large over the U.S. Masters but a bunch of talented, hungry and in-form players ensure that the year's first major championship will be much more than a one-man show.

Woods will attract the most attention, at least for the first two rounds, but Justin Thomas, Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy loom as the players to beat among the many who are peaking at just the right time.

For all their credentials, however, the favourites will all be overshadowed by Woods as the 14-times major champion competes at Augusta for the first time since 2015.

Woods, wearing a pink shirt and grey pants, was on-site at Augusta National on Monday for his highly-anticipated appearance.

While Woods has demonstrated an explosive swing and a deft short game, the reality is that he has not won a major since claiming the U.S. Open in 2008.

He has also reached an age where the odds are clearly stacked against him.

American world number two Thomas has not yet gained the fame of some his peers, but he is one of the players to beat as he goes for his second straight major, to add to his PGA Championship triumph last August.

He showed he is in top form with his semi-final appearance at the WGC-Match Play. His length off the tee, allied with his overall stellar repertoire, makes the 24-year-old a perfect candidate to break through in his third appearance at Augusta.

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