Tiger Woods may not be in attendance this week in Augusta — the first Masters the world No. 1 will miss since 1994 — but that does not mean he’s not keeping score at home.
Woods, laid up after back surgery late last month to repair a herniated disc, tweeted his regards from home after watching Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player hit their ceremonial tee shots to kick off the 78th running of the Masters.
It never gets old watching the honorary starters tee off. One of the oldest and best traditions in the game.— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) April 10, 2014
The Twitter-verse greeted Woods’ comments with a variety of reactions.
@TigerWoods I am sure it was a sight to see. But, I missed it because I am not watching until you return.— Tony Thompson (@tonykwame) April 10, 2014
Some wondered if Woods would actually turn on his TV if he could not be among those competing.
Still others looked forward to seeing Woods take his place early Thursday morning many years from now.
@TigerWoods some day you'll be playing in the starting group. Some day... ;)— Golf76com (@golf76com) April 10, 2014
Though he may be feeling a bit like an oldster, what with his injury-plagued body down for the count until some time later in the summer, we’re sure the 14-time major champion hopes it will be eons and at least five major title wins before he ascends to the ranks of honorary starter.
Perhaps the best suggestion for how Woods might spend his forced vacay came from a former sportscaster.