Softer side of Tiger


AUGUSTA, Ga. – Just past 10 a.m. (ET) Tiger Woods made the turn for his second official practice round of 2010 and if the press got a glimpse of an improved humanized version of the world No. 1, the Masters faithful got a look on Tuesday as he played the ninth hole.

Woods’ approach shot from the middle of the fairway sailed 15 feet past the hole, skipped and spun back some 60 feet down the hill leaving the four-time Masters champion a lengthy birdie attempt, which he holed. He is the world No. 1, after all.

Woods headed down the hill at the 10th hole talking and laughing with Mark O’Meara, a longtime friend with whom he also played a practice round on Sunday. Absent from the group was Steve Stricker, though Woods said yesterday that he would join them.