Most of the field is already on the course at Augusta National Golf Club, but the sports world is still waiting for the return of its number-one golfer.
Tiger Woods will tee off at 1:42 p.m. EST, marking his return to the sport after a car accident, admissions of "transgressions," a stay in rehab and a four-month hiatus from the game he has dominated for so long.
Woods will play
with golfers K.J. Choi and Matt Kuchar. The shot will be carried live on ESPN and ESPN.com
, but coverage of the tournament doesn't start until 4 p.m. EST.
Woods hasn't played in a tournament since winning the Australian Masters in November of 2009. Shortly after he was involved in a late-night car accident outside his home, which led to revelations about marital affairs and a crazy sex life off the course.
The four-time Masters champ has been working to remake his image since returning to the public light. On Monday he held a press conference
where he shed his normally protective persona for a more personal one.
"A lot has happened in my life over the past five months," Woods said. "I'm here at the Masters to play and compete, just really excited about doing that. I missed the competition. I missed seeing the guys out here."
Woods also signed autographs and chatted with fans during a practice round.