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A gentler Tiger Woods? Well, not really... [Updated]

April 10, 2010 |  1:12 pm

He was three strokes off the lead at the time, at seven under par while Lee Westwood was at 10 under, and Tiger Woods pulled his tee shot and left it way short on the par-three sixth hole.

Woods, of course, in his Monday news conference at Augusta, said he was planning to dial back his emotions, reiterating thoughts from his statement in February that he was going to show greater respect for the game. Not so much on No. 6.

Woods was clearly upset with his tee shot and was overheard emphatically blurting out a profanity. "Tiger Woods, you suck," he was caught saying by CBS cameras, adding a two-word profanity. Woods ended up three-putting to fall another shot off the lead.

Then on No. 7, Woods pulled his tee shot, then pulled his second shot. Upset again after the approach shot, he uttered a condensed one-word version of that same profanity on No. 6, again heard over the air. More exemplary behavior for young golf fans around the country. Another bogey and Woods dropped to five under.

He had a few moments on Thursday as well, dropping his club at one point after a wayward shot. Woods has always shown his emotions on the course, and from indications so far, that doesn't seem as if it's likely to change.

-- Mike James