The wait for the return of Tiger Woods at the Masters ended Thursday. He teed it up for his first round there since 2015 and the crowds were waiting for him. So was our reporter at Augusta Brad Means.
We headed out to the course bright and early to get a glimpse of Tiger before he teed off,” says Means. “It was tough to get a good look at him, thanks to huge galleries watching his every move while he warmed up. 9:30 in the morning. One hour and 42-minutes before his round even starts.
A sea of people waiting to see if a 4-time champion can do it again.
“It’s exciting. He brings the crowds,” said one fan.
“We just love Tiger!,” said another.
This is not Tiger’s golf course gallery. This is is practice session audience. Patrons watching him warm up on a chilly Thursday.
“I watched him growing up and it’s an incredible experience to be that close and experience him warming up, hitting some casual shots,” said fan Houston Poole of Nashville, Tennesse.
Tiger might be 3 years older than the last time he played in The Masters, but he doesn’t look it. The swing, the shots, the ball flight bring it all back.
“He was putting some drives on top of the hill that almost went into the Golf Channel/ESPN building and I don’t think I’ve ever seen him hit like that,” said Randy Barnett of Sarasota, Florida who was in the gallery watching practice.
No wonder so many people got up so early just to get a glimpse. Just to be able to possibly say, they were there for the first day of the comeback.
Woods shot a one-over-par 73 Thursday.