Seve's views on Tiger and Ryder Cup

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Spanish golfing legend Seve Ballesteros has spoken about backing Madrid's bid to stage the 2018 Ryder Cup...and Tiger Woods's chances of a successful comeback at next month's US Masters.

On becoming Bid Patron for Madrid's 2018 Ryder Cup bid:

"I feel very pleased and very happy. It is a great honour to be patron of the Ryder Cup bid and I am really looking forward to seeing Madrid win the right to host the 2018 Ryder Cup. I hope Europe wins but it will be difficult as always it is very equal [between Europe and the USA]

"Spain has been the heart of golf not only in Europe but in the Ryder Cup for the last 20 years and it is a great honour for me to be part of Madrid's bid for 2018 and obviously Madrid offers everything that the Ryder Cup will need."

On Tiger Woods' Masters return:

"I am pleased to see that Tiger made the decision to come back and has finally decided to compete.

"I think that this is the best news that golf can have right now and I wish him good luck. He has a good chance to win the Masters this year, of course. If he decides to compete in the Masters it is because he knows that he has a good chance.

"We all know his potential and Augusta is a very long course. He is very used to playing long off the tee and he knows the golf course very well so I think he has a great chance to win."