Tiger Woods had a gleam in his eye as he addressed the media after an 11-hole practice round at Augusta National Monday.
Was it confidence? Swagger?
After nine weeks without a competitive tournament appearance, Woods believes he has restored his game to a point where he can be a factor at the first Major of the year.
“It’s been a process,” Woods said about his nine weeks away from the game. “But I’m on the good side now. “It’s a progression. I felt like I had to get my game into a spot where I could compete to win a golf tournament, and it’s finally there.”
Woods played the round with Mark O’Meara, now 58, who won the Masters himself in 1998.
“The game is better when Tiger Woods is playing,” O’Meara said afterwards. “He has a great passion. I’m a huge fan, friend. I care about him. It was good to be out there with him today. I saw some good signs.”
Woods won The Masters in 1997, 2001, 2002, and 2005. His four wins there are the second-most in history.