With no patrons in attendance this yr, circumstances might be completely different than the memorable scenes when Woods was greeted by the roaring help of the gang on the ultimate gap in 2019 earlier than celebrating the win by embracing his household.
“I am nonetheless getting chills simply interested by it,” he informed reporters Tuesday.
“Arising 18, and understanding that every one I’ve to do is simply two putt that little 15-footer and to see my household there and my mother and my children and all the people who helped help me or had been there for me within the powerful occasions.
“And I used to be strolling up there making an attempt to not lose it, and nonetheless saying, hey, I’ve nonetheless received to 2 putt this.
“Then I walked off the again of the inexperienced, to see Charlie there, simply opened up our arms — it meant rather a lot to me and nonetheless does. It simply jogged my memory a lot of me and my dad, and to return full circle like that, it stills get me slightly teary.”
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Woods, who landed his 15th main title at Augusta final yr, hosted the normal Champions Dinner on Tuesday — sushi with tempura shrimp and spicy tuna, steak and rooster fajitas and a trio of desserts.
Not fairly the cheeseburgers, fries and milkshakes he selected for his first Champions Dinner as a 21-year-old.
This yr’s Masters, the ultimate males’s main of the yr, has been moved from its typical April begin date as a result of pandemic, and Woods enters the event struggling to seek out kind this yr amid a disrupted calendar.
“It has been gearing up for the key championships and making an attempt to grasp what we now have to take care of this yr with Covid and making an attempt to be protected,” he mentioned.
“I used to be hesitant to return again and begin enjoying, and that is why I waited so long as I did and got here again at Memorial (in July). From there, I have never put all of the items collectively, and hopefully that might be this week.”
He added that he’ll discover it tough with out the increase from the gang this time round, 25 years since he made his first Masters look.
“All of us miss the power of the crowds,” mentioned Woods. “This yr goes to be very completely different. It will be stark in what we see, our sights into the greens, the power that you simply hear from completely different roars, from completely different elements of the golf course.
“It is one which none of us have ever skilled. So we’re all going to undergo it collectively on the similar time and it is going to be a really completely different expertise, and hopefully one which I can determine it out and be capable to replicate what I did final yr.”
Woods tees off with 2019 Open champion Shane Lowry and US Novice champion Andy Ogletree at 7:55 a.m. native time on Thursday.
Pre-tournament favourite Bryson DeChambeau will play alongside world No. 2 Jon Rahm, whereas Rory McIlroy, who as soon as once more bids to finish a profession grand slam at Augusta, is with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.
Woods reserved reward for US Open champion DeChambeau, who has shaken up golf this yr by driving enormous distances having piled on muscle within the fitness center.
“He is put within the time. He is put within the work,” mentioned Woods.
“What he is performed within the fitness center has been unimaginable and what he is performed on the vary and what he is performed together with his total group to have the ability to optimize that one membership and remodel his recreation and the flexibility to hit the ball so far as he has and in as brief a span as he has — it is by no means been performed earlier than.”