By Paul Newberry/The Associated Press
AUGUSTA, Ga. — Saying the reception of the Augusta National fans “blew me away,” Tiger Woods began his comeback from a devastating personal scandal Monday by refusing to say why he entered rehab but stressing that he wasn’t addicted to prescription drugs.
Woods also said that that he had five stitches in his mouth after the infamous Thanksgiving night car crash that led to revelations of a sordid private life. He said that his wife, Elin, would not be with him at the Masters.
Woods said he made “some incredibly bad decisions” and “hurt so many people.” He again said that he takes all the blame for allowing his life to fall apart.
He said he expects to win the Masters.
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.