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Woods has 2.5 million reasons to drive green at 17

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AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 12: Tiger Woods of the United States walks with his swing coach Chris Como on the practice ground during the final round of the 2015 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 12, 2015 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)  - 

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – When Tiger Woods arrived at the par-4 17th hole, there was no doubt in his mind how to proceed – he immediately pulled his driver from his bag.

Whether it was the $2.5 million hole-in-one prize or just a desire to finish his round with a flourish, the world No. 1 figured the best play on the 325-yard hole was to try and drive the green. If he holed out his drive for a double-eagle then there were 2.5 million reasons why it was the correct play.


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“If I can get there, I’m going,” said Woods of the downwind drive. “Depends on the pin, which side you're going to miss it on, and yesterday, unfortunately, I hit the cart path.”

Woods’ drive came up short and right of the 17th green but after chipping his second to 5 feet he missed the birdie attempt, another squandered opportunity on a day filled with missed chances.

The good news is he gets one more chance to birdie the hole on Sunday, not to mention swing for $2.5 million.