AUGUSTA, Ga. – There was a Tiger Woods sighting for the first time this week.
Woods walked onto the practice range at 3:25 p.m. ET Monday at Augusta National and promptly greeted fellow Masters champion Mike Weir, then Darren Clarke.
He then slid earbuds into his ears and went to work hitting pitch shots with caddie Joe LaCava and swing consultant Chris Como standing nearby. Some of those chips were slightly heavy, but none were terrible. He holed two of them.
After that session Woods gave hugs to longtime friend Mark O’Meara and former swing coach Sean Foley before beginning to hit many of the other clubs in his bag.
After a little less than an hour spent at the practice area, Woods headed to the first tee with O'Meara to play nine holes.
Woods, now ranked No. 111 in the world, has only played 47 holes so far this year. He missed the cut at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and withdrew after 11 holes the following week at the Farmers Insurance Open.
His status for the Masters was uncertain until last Friday when he announced on his website that he’d play.
“I’ve worked a lot on my game and I’m looking forward to competing,” Woods wrote last Friday. “I’m excited to get to Augusta and I appreciate everyone’s support.”