Tiger Woods pulled his golf shoes out of the back of his black Mercedes early Sunday afternoon, and then, in his first official act of Masters Week, he headed for the clubhouse for lunch.
“I feel great, everything’s good,” said Woods, who wore foul-weather slacks in spite of the sunny skies.
He said he was at Augusta National a week before to practice, on Easter Sunday, and enjoyed the solitude.
“There was nobody here,” he said.
That promises to change, big-time, on Monday when the gates open for the first day of practice rounds. Woods got a head start Sunday. He hit balls for only 20 minutes at the Tournament Practice Facility and then hooked up with Steve Stricker to play a practice round.
Woods, the only three-time winner on the PGA Tour this year, begins the Masters as the No. 1-ranked player in the world. He ended Rory McIlroy’s 32-week reign as No. 1 by winning at Bay Hill.
Woods leads the PGA Tour in scoring average (68.3), strokes gained putting (1.476), earnings ($3.8 million) and FedEx Cup points.
A four-time Masters champion – in 1997, 2001, 2002 and 2005 – Woods will be making his 19th appearance in the Masters Tournament.