Tuesday, April 3, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The atmosphere was definitely a bit more charged today than yesterday. More patrons, more golfers on the course, and more stars out there for the first time this week. Tiger Woods has been at Augusta National since Sunday, and he was out early once again today.
For Tiger, there's always tweaking to be done, but probably not nearly as much as in the past couple years. His game seems to be getting itself together, highlighted by his win at Bay Hill less than two weeks ago, and Tiger is ready to bring his revamped game to Augusta.
"I certainly am excited about playing and really looking forward to getting out there and playing," he said. "I feel like I'm driving the ball much better than I have."
Of course, there's never a year Tiger isn't happy to come to the Masters. Four of his 14 major wins have come at Augusta National, and his experience here, along with the advice he's received, make all the difference come tournament time.
"This is my 18th year, so I've spent just about half my life playing this tournament. I've gotten umpteen amount of advice from guys who have played here way more than I have."
Tiger has definitely had plenty of help through the years, including his very first Masters, where he played a practice round with both Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus.