Tiger's return

By: Kevin Faigle and Matt Barnes
By: Kevin Faigle and Matt Barnes

News 12 at 6 o'clock, April 5, 2010

AUGUSTA---Let the games begin. Whether we all like it or not, today was Tiger Woods Day. The most popular athlete in the world took center stage at opening day at the Masters.

Nobody has seen anything like this before, from the minute they opened the gates to the second Tiger finished his news conference.

Tiger teed off shortly after 8 o'clock this morning with Fred Couples. Eventually, on the back nine, Jim Furyk joined the duo. Afterwards, Woods admitted he was more nervous on the first tee than he was answering questions from the media. He also said he was having fun again.

Tiger also admitted he played a good portion of last year with a torn Achilles tendon. He had several treatments and played with a brace for most of the year. He also had other blood work done trying to recover from his injury as quickly as possible.

Former Masters champ Fred Couples said he was impressed not only with the way the patrons acted around Tiger, but with the way Tiger hit the ball. Sure, there's going to be rust, and Tiger is worried about that, but Couples says he's pretty sure Tiger will be more than ready once the Tournament starts.

Even while Tiger was on the course, just about every other golfer had to answer questions about him, from the young guys to the seasoned veterans. While many were on the practice area while Tiger was on the big course, it didn't matter. They knew the questions were coming and had to accept the fact that they had to be answered.

Now that Tiger's news conference is over, everyone, golfers included, hopes things will start to go back to normal.

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