Back to normal?
Tiger Woods hits first tee shot over 300 yards, world exhales
With the world watching by special Masters arrangement — and the crowd at Augusta National cheering him on like a returning hero — Tiger Woods hit the single most-anticipated tee shot in sports history right down the middle of the fairway. Three hundred yards plus.
And you thought he'd forget how to play?
The near-comical ESPN cut-in (you can show one shot and shot only until 3 p.m.) is over and Tiger is 1-under through three holes after hitting his approach shot five feet from the pin on No. 3. It's all cheers — and loud ones — for Tiger from the galleries, which just proves that sports fans only care about performance. The overwhelming majority of baseball fans never fretted about steroids in the game — that's a media issue. And golf fans really don't seem bothered by Tiger's attempt at channeling Wilt Chamberlain either.
A plane flying over Augusta National did display a banner reading, "Did you mean Booty-ism" Tiger in reference to the No. 1 golfer in the world's sudden re-embracing of Buddhism. No worries though, Tiger. The old guys in green jackets will surely invest in their own air force by next year.
ESPN's Scott Van Pelt may have pulled something with how hard he tried to make Tiger's walk to the tee sound dramatic too.