Golf fans at Augusta happy to see Tiger Woods back


It still might even have Billy Andrade's pencil markings on it. The patrons of Augusta National Golf Club usually refrain from such behavior during The Masters - and for good reason.

The tournament will begin at 8:15 a.m. with ceremonial tee shots from Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.

It one of Bryan's first and fondest memories of the hallowed grounds.

From a sex scandal, divorce, and loss of form, to arrest for driving under the influence, addiction to painkillers and four major back surgeries, Tiger Woods' route into the sunset of his career has been rocky to say the least. I have got to go play and then let the chips fall where they may. But I bet it's somewhere. "It felt like it was a different time continuum, because I found myself pulling so hard for him". The 28-year-old Irishman has never worn the Green Jacket at Augusta, but he's played himself into (and, also, out of) contention in the past, and he enters the tournament at No. 7 in the Official World Golf Rankings - fresh off a win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March.

The 42-year-old Woods is back on the PGA Tour after undergoing back surgery for the fourth time in April 2017.

"To see him back out playing is incredible", Mickelson said.

Bryan also took a five-week break from the tour schedule to grind out practice rounds in Augusta.

The only thing comparable might be actually playing at Augusta National for the first time.

Of course, the button-up shirt is probably still better than the popped collar and pleated trousers Mickelson wore back when he was 20 and played a practice round at the 1991 Masters with Arnold Palmer. Thomas said. "I was glad to get that over with as quick as I could". And Scott won here only five years ago, the first Aussie to do so. He hopes he's at his best, but isn't about to be anxious if it's not.

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The mistake-free round is a relative thing, Thomas said, but it's minimizing the damage if (when?) that mistake - whether physical or mental - happens. "A few years on and I get to play with him and I don't think you can get a better draw than Tiger at the Masters". Many people in the East lost slee watching him play.

"We've been competing a long time, the better part of 20 years", Woods said.

He tried Mark O'Meara's 18-footer at No. 18 in 1998.

Staring down Woods on a final day was a golfing nightmare and, while his invincible aura may have faded, the thought of a Tiger back-nine charge on Sunday is as much an unpleasant one for his rivals as it is a potential thrill for fans.

"He's got a great chance", said McIlroy of Woods. He even walked down to the spot (340-plus yards off the tee) on the par-4 10th where Bubba Watson purposely snap-hooked his second shot from the trees and landed it on the green to beat Louis Oosthuizen in a playoff in 2012. "It definitely will be a fanboy moment for me when I go and say hi to him".

"I'm really enjoying the experience and hoping to put some good golf out there and over the weekend".

As for his chances this year, he certainly is coming in playing his best golf in years.

"I've watched every bit I possibly could". "But it was worth it once I got it".