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Tiger Says He Expects to Win the Masters

Tiger Woods says "nothing's changed" on the golf course and he still expects to win the Masters in his return to competition after a devastating personal scandal.

Tiger Woods speaks at press conference for Masters golf tournament, Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Georgia.
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Tiger Woods speaks at press conference for Masters golf tournament, Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Georgia.

Tiger Woods began his comeback with a 35-minute news conference at Augusta National on Monday, taking full blame for the personal failings that led to revelations of multiple extramarital affairs.

Woods refused to say why he spent 45 days in rehabilitation, but says he intends to continue with his treatment. He also said he received five stitches in his mouth after the infamous Thanksgiving night car crash outside his home, but stressed that he's not addicted to prescription drugs.

While his wife, Elin, won't be joining him at Augusta, Woods still believes he can win his fifth green jacket after a five-month layoff.

Woods also apologized to his fellow golfers for being bombarded with questions about his private life, and said the reception of the Augusta National fans "blew me away."

Earlier Monday, Woods played a practice round with Fred Couples, and Jim Furyk joined them at the 13th hole. The crowd gave a tepid but respectful response, and Woods even stopped to sign autographs on the way to the practice range.

Sporting the makings of a goatee and wearing sunglasses, Woods rolled a couple of balls to kids sitting along the ropes at the 18th green, then caught the fans off guard when he paused on his way to the new practice range.

He stopped briefly to sign caps and Masters flags before heading on to the new practice facility.

Woods normally avoids any contact with the fans when he's on the course.

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