Woods was greeted with cheers and applause as he teed off with Fred Couples at 8 a.m.
"Glad you're back!"
"Welcome back Tiger!"
Woods, who hit two balls off the tee -- his first tee shot sailed wide left into the trees -- smiled as he walked down the first fairway stride for stride with Couples as people, just entering the grounds of the club, swarmed towards the first fairway.
Out of action since November, when revelations of infidelity followed a bizarre auto accident near his home in Windermere, Fla., Woods is making his first tournament start of the season. He will be giving his first press conference since the accident at 2 p.m. today.
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