“I think everyone’s chomping at the bit to see what he can do.”
So said Jason Day about the center of attention so far at the 82nd Masters.
Day and everyone else can quietly go about their pre-tournament preparation.
Seems all they are talking about is Tiger Woods and that includes the other players.
There’s a different excitement in the air this time. Woods hasn’t played in three of the last four Masters and he’s back for the first time after missing this event the past two years.
Justin Rose noticed how different things were on Monday:
“When Tiger walked onto the range today, you can tell there’s an anticipation and an excitement from the crowd to watch him compete again.”
Note to Justin, there are no “crowds” at Augusta National, there are large numbers of “patrons.”
Rickie Fowler noticed the difference this year.
“You guys talk about the early 2000s and that intimidation factor. The young guys in a way have heard that. I think they’re getting to see some of that as far as his presence and him being out on the golf course and getting a glimpse of what he’s capable of. But I think we relish the opportunity to play against him and see him back to maybe close to where he was.”
Day offered another take on Tiger.
“I think on my good day, I’ve got a chance of beating him. I honestly believe that. I think there’s 10, 20 other guys out there who honestly believe they can beat Tiger as well on his good day. But there’s going to be a buzz around Augusta this week with Tiger being on the grounds and it’s going to be exciting to see.”