Woods makes surprise visit to Augusta

Woods spent 10 minutes practising at Augusta's revamped practice facility, speaking briefly to British world number six Paul Casey and 2003 US Open champion Jim Furyk.

The scandal-hit American world number one, who has been in virtual hiding since his stunning fall from grace at the end of last year, then embraced O'Meara on the 10th tee before the pair set off.  Wearing sunglasses, a purple-and-white striped shirt and khaki trousers, Woods was smiling and appeared to be in a very relaxed mood.

Also accompanied by his caddie Steve Williams, swing coach Hank Haney and around 15 security personnel, Woods shared a joke with a sheriff's deputy once the practice round was over.

"He played great," double major winner O'Meara told reporters. "He's doing what he needs to do. He's going to be fine. I think he's just ready to get out there and start playing. He's one of the toughest guys mentally I've ever met.”

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