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Choi's caddie not impressed by Tiger

April 07, 2010

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Andy Prodger, who caddies this week for K.J. Choi, said officials of Augusta National GC probably couldn't have picked many players better than the Korean native to pair with Tiger Woods in the opening two rounds of the Masters Tournament.

Woods, of course, is making his return to golf for the first time in five months when he tees off at 1:42 p.m. EDT with Choi and Matt Kuchar.

"K.J. is the kind of player, he knows how to focus and block things out, and he'll be fine in that atmosphere. He'll be ready," Prodger said. "Obviously, we're not quite sure what's going to happen in this first round back, but we'll see. If there's a problem, if there's distractions, we'll bring somebody in so there are no distractions."

As for Prodger himself, he says he won't be fazed by the scrutiny put on him as part of the group. He isn't particularly excited about being so close to the spectacle. "Why would I be excited? I've been around too many great players in my lifetime," Prodger said. "Tiger Woods is no special man to me. He's just Tiger Woods. I've seen too many great players other than Tiger Woods. If you want a great player, Lee Trevino is a great player. Jack Nicklaus is a great player. Tom Watson is a great player. Tiger is obviously better than good. I've seen great."

-- Dave Shedloski