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Tiger Woods arrives at Augusta National

April 4, 2010 | 12:46 pm

Tigerwoods_300 Tiger Woods arrived at Augusta National on Sunday, loosened up on the new driving range and went out for a practice round in preparation for the Masters, his first tournament of the year after his self-imposed hiatus following his well-publicized sex scandal.

Woods was spotted chatting with England's Paul Casey, who later refused to reveal what they discussed but said it was good to see the world's No. 1-ranked player back on the golf course.

"It's where I'm used to seeing him," Casey said. "All of a sudden he appeared behind me. He was all business as usual — hit 10 balls and go play."

The four-time Masters champion will hold his first news conference on Monday at 2 p.m. Eastern time, facing the national media for the first time since his Thanksgiving night car accident and subsequent revelations of infidelity.

Most of the players have not seen him since he won the Australian Masters on Nov. 15, or played in Shanghai the week before. Jim Furyk had not seen him since they celebrated a Presidents Cup victory on Oct. 11 in San Francisco.

"He's probably here a little earlier than normal," Furyk said. "I've never seen him here on a Sunday. Generally, it's nice to have him back and I can't wait until he's out here and I don't have to answer any more questions about him."

-- Dan Loumena

Photo: Tiger Woods heads to the driving range at Augusta National golf course on Sunday before playing a practice round. Credit: Darron Cummings / Associated Press

Associated Press contributed to this report