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Tiger Woods eyes Masters after Augusta National practice round

Tiger Woods eyes Masters after Augusta National practice round

Augusta, Ga. — It’s 1:45 p.m. on the Monday before the Masters, three days before any shots are fired that matter, and spectators, dozens of them, are running to the practice green at Augusta National Golf Club.

A few minutes later, they leave for the chipping area. Some are in full sprints. The rules say running is not allowed on the golf course, but he went out the window when the man in a white hat, navy shirt and off-white pants, with a slight hitch in his stride, showed up for practice for a tournament. He really looks like he’s going to try to play.

No one is following the running rule, and no one is enforcing it, not just on this amazing day in Masters. Tiger Woods, 46, a five-time Masters champion who thought he might lose his right leg after his horrific car accident more than 13 months ago, was back, and so did the people following him. Excitement was mounting, hoping it was just a prelude to what was unimaginable even a month earlier: that the Tigers would play the 2022 Masters.

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Tiger Woods descends the seventh hole during the practice round of the Masters golf tournament on Monday, April 4, 2022 in Augusta, Ga.

When Woods actually got to the first tee to play a practice round that was expected to go nine holes, Monday became a Sunday at Augusta National. The crowd grew as much on the first tee as they did when they reached a depth of 15-20 for the final round of the Masters on Sunday. It was an extraordinary sight for a practice round.

The public followed him up the hill where his tee shot landed, down the middle of the fairway, then to the first green, where a human traffic jam occurs when one of the Sunday leaders leaves the green to run to the second tee. Every bit the same hitch this day.

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