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Happy Tiger hugging loved ones, rocking out

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AUGUSTA, Ga. – Tiger Woods played nine holes with Mark O’Meara on Tuesday at Augusta National, just as he did the previous day.

Woods played better on Monday than he did on Tuesday, but it’s clear that he’s in better spirits this week than he has been in a long time.

On Monday, Woods gave hugs to O’Meara, Darren Clarke and former swing coach Sean Foley on the practice range. On Tuesday, he announced that he’d play in the Par 3 Contest and that both his children will caddie for him.

Earlier in the day both daughter, Sam, and son, Charlie, walked onto the practice green with Woods' girlfriend Lindsey Vonn and all four shared a nice moment.

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Woods seems happy, and everyone is noticing.

“I have no idea,” Woods said when asked for an explanation. “I’m just enjoying competing again. Whether I have blinders on or not, I don’t feel any different. I feel like I’m preparing to try and win the Masters.”

Also on Monday, Woods had earbuds during a chipping session and was seen shaking his head to the beat of whatever it was he was listening to. It was an uncommon sight from a guy who has been so laser-focused for the past two decades.

“I wanted to just rock out,” Woods quipped, noting he’s the proud owner of a 300-song hip-hop playlist. “Times have changed, but still practicing for hours on end, it’s nice to have a little bit of tunes.”