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It’s that time of year again, when the azaleas are blooming, Tiger Woods’ libido is churning and our desire to strangle CBS announcer Jim Nantz reaches its annual apex.

“A tradition unlike any other …”

Seriously, dude. STFU.

Anyway, last year’s big story at Augusta National (other than then-S.C. First Lady Jenny Sanford’s new boyfriend) was obviously Woods’ return to the game.

Woods – who finished fifth in last year’s tournament – hasn’t won a major tournament since the 2008 U.S. Open. He hasn’t won a golf tournament period in more than seventeen months. In the process, the four-time Masters’ champ has dropped to No. 7 in the world rankings.

That’s unheard of … Woods finished 10 of the last 12 seasons ranked No. 1 in the world, and has spent a record 623 weeks at the top of the charts. He owns 14 major championships – four short of the 18 majors won by the legendary Jack Nicklaus (a six-time Masters’ champion).

Will this be the year that Tiger reclaims his former glory?

We’ll see …

Also, while the eyes of the sports world are on Augusta National, let’s hope that South Carolina leaders are keeping their eyes on finding a (non-taxpayer-funded) sponsor for the Heritage tournament on Hilton Head Island.

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