Woods "a little nervous" about returning to the Masters

Mon Mar 22, 2010 5:32pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

INDIAN WELLS, California (Reuters) - Scandal-hit Tiger Woods is apprehensive about the reception he will get from the fans at next month's U.S. Masters when he returns to the PGA Tour from self-imposed exile.

The American world number one has not competed since his victory at the Australian Masters on November 15, following his stunning fall from grace amid tawdry revelations about his extra-marital affairs.

Last week, however, Woods announced he would be making his comeback at the April 8-11 Masters, the opening major of the year and an event he has won four times before at one of his favorite venues.

"I don't know. I'm a little nervous about that to be honest with you," he said on Sunday about his return to the genteel surrounds of Augusta National where media numbers and the allocation of tickets for spectators are tightly controlled.

"It would be nice to hear a couple of claps here and there. But I also hope they clap for birdies, too.

"Playing is one thing," added Woods, who finally faced questions from the media in two five-minute interviews with the Golf Channel and ESPN. "I'm excited to get back and play.

"I'm excited to get to see the guys again. I really miss a lot of my friends out there. I miss competing.

"But I still have a lot more treatment to do and just because I'm playing, doesn't mean I'm gonna stop going to treatment. I will have more treatment, more therapy sessions."   Continued...