However, as Sporting News pointed out, there is an air of mystique surrounding the Masters brand, and TV saturation could hurt that, even if it means turning down big money.
The 14-time Major victor subsequently underwent spinal fusion surgery, his fourth back operation in the space of three years, but returned to action in December and is among the favourites for the first Major of the season after finishing 12th, second and fifth in his last three starts on the PGA Tour.
In all likelihood, the leader of the 2018 Masters at the end of the first round will not be the man slipping on the green jacket come Sunday. "It just means that if there's 5,000 ways to play one regular course, there's probably about 50,000 ways to go around Augusta National, and that's the beauty of it". Par: 72. Yards: 7,435. Sergio Garcia is the defending champion.
Woods gave strokes back on the next two holes and was 1 over at the turn. According to OddsShark, Woods is fifth among golfers with 14 to 1 (+1400) odds to win the Masters.
"During Tiger's absence the entire industry, the PGA Tour, we were all kind of looking who is the next player", Ilagan added. The Masters is his first major since playing the PGA Championship in August 2015.
He is proud of the No. 1 ranking, mainly for reaching the top. He is coming in hot and can definitely handle the pressure as he proved by taking charge of the 2017 PGA Championship coming down the stretch past year.
"Sixteen has been good to me over the years".
Another veteran ex-champion, Mark O'Meara, was the only other player in red figures early on. Spain, Australia and Japan each has four.
The four-time Masters champion is far from concerned.
The only Masters champion who was not inside the top 10 after 54 holes was Art Wall Jr.in 1959 (T-13th).
And the life-changing impact of his Masters win is evident in the naming of the couple's daughter; Azalea, after the most famous flower to grow at Augusta National. Thomas only had to win his semifinal match Sunday morning at the Match Play against Bubba Watson. And at the Masters, it matters that the stage is the same each year.
"I've been a Tiger fan for the last 20 years", Rory McIlroy, one of the young champions who helped fill the void while Woods was away from the game, told Golf Digest last month. Oldest victor is Jack Nicklaus (1986, 46 years, 2 months, 23 days).
Woods and Mickelson had not played together at Augusta National since 2009, and even then it wasn't by choice.
Largest comeback victory at Masters is eight shots (Jack Burke, 1956). Low round at a major championship is 62 (Branden Grace/R3/The Open Championship 2017).
There have been 28 aces in Masters history.
Outlook: "I'm an avid fan of the history of the game, and I know a win here and what that would mean and where that would put me in history alongside some of the greatest that have ever played this game, and that would mean an terrible lot to me". These pages have news for each player, full season stats, tournament results, and biographical information. More exciting than 2015, when Jordan Spieth announced his presence at age 21, winning wire-to-wire?
"To be played at the same place, to play 16 and see Tiger's chip-in, to see Phil holing bunker shots on 15 for eagle", Spieth said.
Since Masters began in 1934, no player has posted four rounds in the 60s.