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Woods plays practice round with Spieth, Crenshaw

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AUGUSTA, Ga. – In Tiger Woods’ final tuneup for the Masters he played nine holes Wednesday with Jordan Spieth and Ben Crenshaw. The trio played the back nine only.

Woods played 11 holes (the front nine, plus Nos. 10 and 18) with Mark O’Meara on Monday afternoon and his game looked surprisingly crisp. He played the front nine again with O’Meara on Tuesday morning and hit a few more wayward shots than the day before. Overall the first two days were positive for Woods, who spirits seemed as good as they have been in a long time.

Spieth said he received a text message Tuesday night from Crenshaw setting up details of the Wednesday practice round. Spieth told Golf Channel’s Todd Lewis that while he was on the practice range Wednesday prepping for the round, Woods asked if he could join the Texas duo.

“I had the most interesting day,” Crenshaw said. “I saw Tiger in the parking lot and he asked who I was playing with and I said Jordan [Spieth] and he said, ‘I’m a single.’ I told him to join us. His game looked really good.”

Woods played the Par 3 Contest Wednesday afternoon for the first time since he played with Arnold Palmer in 2004. His children – daughter Sam and son Charlie – caddied for him.