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All eyes are on the Masters for Tiger Woods' return

By Rick Henry - bio | email

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - While Tiger Woods' wife Elin will not be at the Masters, all eyes are still on the event as the golfer returns to the sport after news about his sex scandal broke last November.

Golf expert Puggy Blackmon will spend some time at the Masters again this year working with David Duval. He has an idea of what we can expect to see from Woods next week at Augusta.

Blackmon was surprised initially that Woods' first tournament this season would be the Masters.

"I was a little shocked that he would come back in a major and not have something to tune up with," said Blackmon. "He probably knows a little more than I do about his game."

Blackmon knows the game. He's USC's director of golf and still coaches Duval, who at one time was ranked number one in the world.

Blackmon believes once Woods is on the course, he'll be able to block out his personal problems and play at a high level.

"This may even focus him more to come in here and prove something," said Blackmon. "This could be a year where Tiger comes in and runs away with the golf tournament. The guy's a great player that doesn't go away."

Blackmon expects Tiger to receive a positive reception from the fans at Augusta National.

"Everybody's ready for Tiger to come back," said Blackmon. "What Tiger does away from the golf course I really don't think it's anybody's business, but I do believe they respect him as a great golfer and I think everybody will be pulling for him."

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