Tiger Woods is all smiles after being introduced on the first tee at Augusta yesterday.
Tiger Woods is all smiles after being introduced on the first tee at Augusta yesterday.

Warm welcome for Woods



AUGUSTA // For the first time in 144 days, Tiger Woods hit a golf ball in tournament competition yesterday. It just happened to be on the game's grandest and most visible stage. The world's No 1-ranked player teed off on the first hole at Augusta National Golf Club in the 74th Masters Tournament at 1.42pm local time, surrounded by a huge throng of fans.

It was a good drive. His ball found the fairway some 300 yards away, just left of one of the huge sand bunkers on the 445-yard, par-4 hole. Woods had not played competitive golf since news of his marital transgressions broke with a car crash in his Orlando neighbourhood on November 27. He last played - and won - in the Australian Masters 12 days earlier. Under cloudy skies and in windy but warm conditions, Woods received a largely positive reception from the tremendous gallery that gathered to see him yesterday.

He received a loud ovation upon exiting the clubhouse, another one when he entered the teeing area, and an enormous roar when he was introduced by the official starter. He tipped his cap and smiled, which initiated another ovation. Even the wait staff from inside the stately clubhouse came out to verandas and porches to watch the historic shot. But a reminder of the scandal that tarnished his once-impeccable image was not far away. A small plane towed a banner overhead carrying a message referring to his indiscretions. After his opening drive, Woods got relief from a sprinkler head in the fairway and hit an approach shot on the green to about 18 feet. He two-putted for par.

At the time Woods teed off, Tom Watson held the early lead at five-under-par through 18 holes. Lee Westwood and YE Yang were at four under but had not finished their rounds. A large group at three under included Ernie Els. @Email:sports@thenational.ae

The specs

Engine: 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbo (BMW B58)
Power: 340hp at 6,500rpm
Torque: 500Nm from 1,600-4,500rpm
Transmission: ZF 8-speed auto
0-100kph: 4.2sec
Top speed: 267kph

On sale: Now
Price: From Dh462,189
Warranty: 30-month/48,000k

The specs: 2018 Jaguar F-Type Convertible

Price, base / as tested: Dh283,080 / Dh318,465

Engine: 2.0-litre inline four-cylinder

Transmission: Eight-speed automatic

Power: 295hp @ 5,500rpm

Torque: 400Nm @ 1,500rpm

Fuel economy, combined: 7.2L / 100km

Director: Nag Ashwin

Starring: Prabhas, Saswata Chatterjee, Deepika Padukone, Amitabh Bachchan, Shobhana

Rating: ★★★★

Dark Souls: Remastered
Developer: From Software (remaster by QLOC)
Publisher: Namco Bandai
Price: Dh199

If you go:
The flights: Etihad, Emirates, British Airways and Virgin all fly from the UAE to London from Dh2,700 return, including taxes
The tours: The Tour for Muggles usually runs several times a day, lasts about two-and-a-half hours and costs £14 (Dh67)
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is on now at the Palace Theatre. Tickets need booking significantly in advance
Entrance to the Harry Potter exhibition at the House of MinaLima is free
The hotel: The grand, 1909-built Strand Palace Hotel is in a handy location near the Theatre District and several of the key Harry Potter filming and inspiration sites. The family rooms are spacious, with sofa beds that can accommodate children, and wooden shutters that keep out the light at night. Rooms cost from £170 (Dh808).

Inside Out 2

Director: Kelsey Mann

Starring: Amy Poehler, Maya Hawke, Ayo Edebiri

Rating: 4.5/5

The burning issue

The internal combustion engine is facing a watershed moment – major manufacturer Volvo is to stop producing petroleum-powered vehicles by 2021 and countries in Europe, including the UK, have vowed to ban their sale before 2040. The National takes a look at the story of one of the most successful technologies of the last 100 years and how it has impacted life in the UAE. 

Read part four: an affection for classic cars lives on

Read part three: the age of the electric vehicle begins

Read part one: how cars came to the UAE

 

COMPANY PROFILE

Company name: Almouneer
Started: 2017
Founders: Dr Noha Khater and Rania Kadry
Based: Egypt
Number of staff: 120
Investment: Bootstrapped, with support from Insead and Egyptian government, seed round of
$3.6 million led by Global Ventures

Hydrogen: Market potential

Hydrogen has an estimated $11 trillion market potential, according to Bank of America Securities and is expected to generate $2.5tn in direct revenues and $11tn of indirect infrastructure by 2050 as its production increases six-fold.

"We believe we are reaching the point of harnessing the element that comprises 90 per cent of the universe, effectively and economically,” the bank said in a recent report.

Falling costs of renewable energy and electrolysers used in green hydrogen production is one of the main catalysts for the increasingly bullish sentiment over the element.

The cost of electrolysers used in green hydrogen production has halved over the last five years and will fall to 60 to 90 per cent by the end of the decade, acceding to Haim Israel, equity strategist at Merrill Lynch. A global focus on decarbonisation and sustainability is also a big driver in its development.

COMPANY PROFILE


Company name: Clara
Started: 2019
Founders: Patrick Rogers, Lee McMahon, Arthur Guest, Ahmed Arif
Based: Dubai
Industry: LegalTech
Funding size: $4 million of seed financing
Investors: Wamda Capital, Shorooq Partners, Techstars, 500 Global, OTF, Venture Souq, Knuru Capital, Plug and Play and The LegalTech Fund

The specs

Engine: 3.6 V6

Transmission: 8-speed auto

Power: 295bhp

Torque: 353Nm

Price: Dh155,000

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