AUGUSTA — Good morning.
See? I can start a blog with two words other than, “Tiger Woods.”
There are about 30,000 fans here and I’m almost certain everybody is following Woods. I hope Steve Stricker doesn’t take this too hard.
I’ve been out on the course, which, of course, looks phenomenal. Woods looks pretty good, too, especially for a guy who hasn’t played a tournament in over four months. I walked some of the course with his swing coach, Hank Haney, and at no point did Haney yell, “You idiot!”
As you’ve probably read, Woods is playing a practice round with Fred Couples. Nobody was sure if Woods was going to play 18 today. But he made the turn at nine and I made the turn to the work room.
Woods might actually be making an effort to improve his reputation with fans. He smiled often, joked around with Couples and even had a humorous exchange with a fan on the seventh green. When the fan yelled, “Good putt,” Woods responded, “If that was a good putt, I’d hate to see a bad one.”
OK, it’s not Henny Youngman. (”Take my putt, please!”) But for Woods, it’s a monologue.
Here’s how it will work today. Woods’ press conference is at 2 p.m. Steve Hummer and I have two of the Golden Tickets to get into the room. I’ll post a blog soon after the press conference and then follow up with a column.
If you missed it, click here to see what I believe Woods needs to say today.
Finally, here are two more words: Elin Nordegren. I haven’t seen her.
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