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As PGA season gets into full swing, golfers should prepare for their season

They're two of the biggest names in the golf world, but Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are anything but bitter rivals. The No. 1 and No. 2 players in the world recently played a private match against one another at the The Medalist in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The arrangement is indicative of the budding relationship between the two stars, who often do battle on the links but appear to be good friends off it, The Associated Press reports.

The impromptu match came soon after the McIlroy and Woods were eliminated in the first round of the Match Play Championship. Despite being done so early, they felt it shouldn't stop them from getting some competition as they prepare for the Honda Classic, which is slated to begin on Thursday. The duo played two matches, splitting them at one win a piece. 

"We thought we'd play our own Match Play final," McIlroy told reporters recently, according to the AP. "He putts with the pin in. It's speed golf. It was good. It was really enjoyable."

While the PGA Tour season is heating up, it really doesn't hit its stride until the Masters, which is slated to begin on April 11. The first major event of the year will have McIlroy looking to capture the prestigious tournament for the first time, while Woods will be going for his fifth green jacket and 15th major overall. 

The growing focus on the PGA may have the casual player itching to bust out his or her used golf clubs to hit the links. While it may be several weeks until all the courses in the United States are in playing condition, it's not too early for golfers themselves to start getting in shape for the upcoming season. According to Shape magazine, there are several exercises golfers can incorporate to make sure they're ready when they head to the tee for the first time. 

The most important thing for golfers to remember is that they need to focus on their core strength, since that is the source of most of their swing's power. Experts recommend exercises such as side lunges with rotations, stability ball rotations and cable rotations to help improve core strength. Of course, any exercise that works out one's abs is good for golfers as well.

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