Woods ignores taunting banner splits fairway


Tiger banner

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Fingers started pointing skyward to the sound of a small airplane passing overhead Thursday afternoon with Tiger Woods on the practice putting green moments before he made his return to golf at the Masters.

Hank Haney, Woods’ swing coach, strained to see the plane hauling a banner.

Steve Williams, Woods’ caddie, squinted skyward with Haney.

Woods never looked up.

“Tiger, did you mean bootyism?” the banner read.

Haney and Williams didn't appear to acknowledge the banner.

Obviously, it was a reference to Woods saying he was returning to his Buddhism faith as part of his rebound from his fall from grace.

The banner was the only discernibly negative reaction to Woods’ return before his 1:42 p.m. tee time. Woods received a rousing welcome as he made his way to the first tee. He responded with a towering opening tee shot, splitting the fairway with a high fade. He went on to par his first hole back since his fall from grace.