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Good news for fans of Tiger Woods: His golf game didn't desert him overnight

April 07, 2015

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- For a second straight day, Tiger Woods played a practice round at Augusta National with Mark O'Meara and for a second straight day, things seemed to go well for the four-time Masters champ.

Teeing off at a little after 8 a.m., Woods looked comfortable playing Augusta's front nine. After a solid drive that just found the right rough on No. 9 and a better approach to the center of the green, Woods spent about 10 minutes putting and chipping. He gave O'Meara another big hug and walked off the course at 10:10.

Woods' short-game touch looked good as he played a variety of putts and shots to conclude his session. His extra practice within his practice round even drew applause when he lagged his two attempts on one particularly delicate downhiller to within tap-in range.

What's a little surprising is that Woods only played nine holes, especially since he only played 11 holes on Monday and his Tuesday press conference is scheduled for 1 p.m. We guess when you've played the course as many times as he has, though, skipping Amen Corner isn't that big of a deal. Instead, he opted for a range session, arriving at Augusta National's practice area at 10:52.