Professional Sports

Tiger Woods marks return to golf tour at the Masters

Tiger Woods is making his return to competitive golf at his favorite golf tournament, the Masters in Augusta, Georgia, which began Thursday.

Woods announced April 3 — the deadline — that he would tee it up at the Masters in search of his 15th major tournament victory.

Wood teed off with Jamie Donaldson and Jimmy Walker at 10:48 Pacific time in the opening round.

Woods seemed at ease at a press conference Tuesday, talking about spending more time with his children, daughter Sam, 7, and son Charlie, 6.

“My soccer game has got a lot better,” he joked to reporters.

Woods has played only 47 holes of golf in two tournaments this year.

He failed to make the cut in his first tournament at Phoenix and then withdrew after only 11 holes at Torrey Pines the following week after reinjuring his back.

While admitting his fondness for the Masters, Woods told the press he would be golfing this week on tour even if it wasn’t at Augusta and that he would have skipped the tournament if he didn’t think he was ready.