The warm reception continues for Tiger

Tiger Woods hits to the seventh green during Tuesday's practice round at the Masters.

Tiger Woods hits to the seventh green during Tuesday's practice round at the Masters.

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AUGUSTA, Ga. – Tiger Woods continued to get a warm reception from the patrons at Augusta National as he made his way around the first nine in his practice round early Tuesday.

Woods wore a yellow shirt and gray slacks, sunglasses on the back of his white hat. Woods and Mark O’Meara teed off at 8 a.m., five minutes after defending champion Angel Cabrera.

After O’Meara hit his tee shot down the left side of the first fairway, Woods hit a low fade that skipped through the corner of the dogleg and into the trees left of the fairway.

“Go get them, champ,” one patron yelled as Woods walked down the first fairway.

Woods hit an impressive recovery shot into the first green. The hole was located on the left side of the green, behind a bunker. Woods hit a low, hard hook that landed short of the right side of the green, rolled around the bunker and finished 30 feet behind the hole.

Woods hit two tee shots off of the tee on the par-5 second. He blocked the first one, then sent a low bullet down the left side of the fairway.

Woods received warm applause as he walked up the hill from the third green to the tee of the long par-3 fourth hole, and acknowledged the reception with a tip of his cap and smile.

Woods followed with an impressive shot. With the hole located on the right side of the green, Woods hit a towering fade with a 5-wood that stopped 30 feet from the hole.

The foursome behind Woods was an impressive one as well, and one that U.S. Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin should take note of: Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Sean O’Hair and Hunter Mahan.

Mahan was the only one of the four to hit the fourth green with his first tee shot. It’s only one shot on a Tuesday morning, but Mahan could be worth watching this year. He won earlier this year at Phoenix and tied for 10th at last year’s Masters.

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