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Woods plays nine holes with O'Meara on Tuesday

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AUGUSTA, Ga. – It was another abbreviated practice round for Tiger Woods on Tuesday at Augusta National, with the four-time Masters champion playing the front nine with friend Mark O’Meara before leaving the golf course.

Woods played 11 holes on Monday, the front nine and Nos. 10 and 18, with the 1998 champion, which likely means he will only play the back nine on Wednesday morning in his final tune-up before his first start since he withdrew from the Farmers Insurance Open in February with a tight back.

Woods was solid again on Tuesday, hitting all but two fairways off the tee in nine holes, and he spent more time putting the famously demanding greens than he did on Monday.

“It’s progression,” Woods said on Monday. “I felt like I had to get my game into a spot where I could compete to win a golf tournament and it’s finally there.”

Woods is scheduled to speak with the media on Tuesday at 1 p.m. ET and attend tonight’s Champions Dinner.

After his nine-hole round he went to the practice range to work with swing consultant Chris Como.

Woods was in the second group off on Tuesday, just behind Sergio Garcia who was playing alone and allowed Woods and O’Meara to play through on the first green.

It was part of a busy morning at Augusta National, that included the high-profile foursome of Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson and Brandt Snedeker teeing off the 10th tee at 10:35 a.m.