Photos: Tiger Hugs It Out In Augusta With Buds

John Boyette of the AUGUSTA CHRONICLE reports that Tiger Woods has arrived in Augusta in preparation for The Masters Thursday.

Tiger Woods arrives in Augusta for The Masters - photo credit Augusta Chronicle

(Gone Huggins With Jim Furyk)

The four-time Masters Tournament champion arrived at Augusta National Golf Club shortly after 1 p.m. today and made his way to the practice range, where he hit balls. He teed off on the 10th hole with friend and 1998 Masters winner Mark O’Meara and a guest of O’Meara’s.

Woods, wearing khaki pants and a light purple shirt, was hitting balls 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.

The Chronicle also has a photo gallery of Woods today in Augusta.

Tiger Woods arrives in Augusta for The Masters - photo credit Augusta Chronicle

Tiger Woods arrives in Augusta for The Masters - photo credit Augusta Chronicle

(Steve Williams with Woods)

Photos aren’t all that exciting, but in the context of what Woods has been through in only the past four months, they’re worthy of note.

It is hard though, at least for me, to reconcile Woods coming back this fast and being all smiles with his peers after painting such a dark and nebulous picture of his so-called recovery a month ago.

With the verifiable documents provided recently to the public by Woods alleged mistress and adult film performer Joslyn James - along with the golfer’s hasty return to the PGA Tour - I seriously doubt we’ve heard the last of Woods’ marital woes.