Tiger Woods takes practice swings at Augusta National this afternoon

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Tiger Woods talks with Jim Furyk (left) and Mike Furyk at the new practice facility at Augusta National, Sunday, April 4, 2010 in Augusta, Ga.
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Tiger Woods stretches before time on the new practice facility at Augusta National, Sunday, April 4, 2010 in Augusta, Ga. Standing behind Woods is golfer Paul Casey.  The Augusta Chronicle/Rainier Ehrhardt
The Augusta Chronicle/Rainier Ehrhardt
Tiger Woods stretches before time on the new practice facility at Augusta National, Sunday, April 4, 2010 in Augusta, Ga. Standing behind Woods is golfer Paul Casey.

Tiger Woods played nine holes at Augusta National Golf Club today with good friend and 1998 Masters champion Mark O'Meara.

Woods and O'Meara played the second nine at Augusta National with a friend of O'Meara's. He then spent some time on the practice putting green.

When asked how Woods played, O'Meara said the four-time Masters champion's game was fine.

"Great. He's doing what he needs to do," O'Meara said. "He's going to be fine. He's one of the toughest guys mentally I've ever met. I think he'll do well this week."

Woods has not played in competition since November, and he took a self-imposed break from the game after details of a sex scandal emerged.

O'Meara thinks that Woods can handle the pressure this week.

"Forget what has happend the last four or five months," he said. "In the last 10 or 12 years he has been the most scrutinized player who has ever played the game. With that comes a lot of responsibility and he dropped the ball there, a little bit. But he's trying to make good."

The four-time Masters Tournament champion arrived at Augusta National shortly after 1 p.m. today and made his way to the practice range, where he hit balls. He teed off for his practice round at 2:15. 

Woods, wearing khaki pants and a light purple shirt, warmed up between Englishmen Paul Casey and Luke Donald. He greeted Casey and shook his hand when he entered the range.

Woods' longtime caddie Steve Williams and swing coach Hank Haney accompanied him. 

Extra security ringed the club's new practice area, but it looked like business as usual. Woods hit wedges to one of the new target greens, then worked his way through the bag before heading to the course.

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See 39 photos from Tiger Woods' Sunday practice at Augusta National.

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Riverman1 04/04/10 - 01:27 pm
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"Woods, wearing khaki pants

"Woods, wearing khaki pants and a light purple shirt, was hitting balls between Englishmen Paul Casey and Luke Donald."

What was he wearing when he practiced here earlier?

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pommom38 04/04/10 - 01:49 pm
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LOL.. Earth shattering news

LOL.. Earth shattering news wasn't it River? I guess that's so everyone can rush out and get the same outfit!!
Whoohooo, tigers back. SO WHAT!!!

mable8
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mable8 04/04/10 - 05:49 pm
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Welcome back, Tiger...wish

Welcome back, Tiger...wish you well for another Green Jacket.

SBF43AUG
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SBF43AUG 04/05/10 - 03:53 am
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Welcome to the augusta please

Welcome to the augusta please win this MASTERS...................AND THANK you for coming back to our City.

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