Tiger Plays First Round Since Masters

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2008 U.S. OpenSAN DIEGO -- Tiger Woods played his first round of golf Wednesday since the Masters, practicing at Torrey Pines eight days before the start of the U.S. Open.
 
The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that Woods played in 3 hours, 15 minutes amid tight security and no spectators or media. The South Course has been closed to the public since May 21.
 
Woods was accompanied by caddie Steve Williams and swing coach Hank Haney. The newspaper said on its Web site that Woods laid up to 100 yards on the par-5 18th, and upon seeing a few people gathered near the green, picked up his ball and was taken around the grandstand to the parking lot.
 
Woods had surgery to clean out cartilage in his left knee on April 15, two days after his runner-up finish at the Masters. He said earlier in the week that while he has been able to practice, he had not played a full round of golf.
 
It was his first time on the South Course at Torrey Pines since January when he won the Buick Invitational for the fourth straight year.
 
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