Thursday, April 08, 2010
After a five-month layoff, Woods ripped his nationally televised opening tee shot down the middle of the first fairway after being greeted with loud applause upon walking onto the tee.
As Woods walked with playing partners K.J. Choi and Matt Kuchar down the hill in front of the first tee, the applause returned as they made their way toward their second shots on the par-4 hole.
Photographers were perched near the tee and on a hillside, capturing image of the great anticpated event.
Woods, wearing black pants and a gray striped shirt, fired his approach shot 12 feet left of the hole and narrowlyl missed a birdie putt as he began his quest for his fifth Masters title and 15th major championship victory.
While Woods was making his debut, a small airplane flew near Augusta National pulling a banner that read, 'Tiger Did You Mean Bootyism?'
By the time Woods began play, he was four shots behind early first-round leader Tom Watson, who shot 68.
Posted by Observer Sports at 1:59 PM