AUGUSTA — The new, down-to-earth and fan-friendly Tiger Woods apparently isn’t down so down-to-earth and fan-friendly that he’s going to play in the Masters’ Par 3 tournament.
Woods, who says he wants to be more approachable to golf fans, has played in the Par 3 before, but not in several years. He won’t play in this afternoon’s contest at Augusta National, either.
Too bad. It would’ve been a nice gesture.
After playing 45 holes in the last four days, including eight Wednesday morning, Woods is opting for rest. Apparently he didn’t consider that as important as prepping for Thursday’s opening round of the Masters.
Woods did not stop at “The Tree” in front of the clubhouse to speak to the media after practicing with Mark O’Meara, going from the course to the putting green and then, encircled by about a dozen security members, into the clubhouse.
Asked about Woods’ level of play, O’Meara said: “I wouldn’t say he’s 100 percent but certainly he’s 75-80 percent. That’s certainly good enough to contend and play well. I know he’s been off for quite a while. He and [swing coach] Hank [Haney] have been practicing back at home. I would imagine he’ll be a little jittery tomorrow. We all are on the first tee. But I would never count him out of any tournament, with his short game, his putting and his imagination.”
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