By Mark Memmott

Yes, there's a lot of interest in Tiger Woods' return to golf. Here's what it looked like this morning as he teed off for a practice round at Augusta National, the famed Georgia club where the Masters Tournament will be played this week:

Spectators surround Tiger Woods as he tees off during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga., Monday, April 5, 2010. The tournament begins Thursday, April, 8. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

He's back. (David J. Phillip/AP)

As NPR's Tom Goldman reports, "since his infamous car crash last November and the ensuing revelations of numerous affairs," Woods has been "in virtual hiding." But today, not only is he practicing in public -- he's also due at a 2 p.m. ET news conference.

According to Tom, officials reportedly "will not impose a time limit" on the session with the press:

The AP says there are 207 seats in Augusta's press center, and all are expected to be filled. We'll pass along news from that press conference as it happens.

The wire service also says that:

Tiger Woods during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga., Monday, April 5, 2010. The tournament begins Thursday, April, 8. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

A smile. (Chris O'Meara/AP)

"Woods walked onto the first tee Monday to awkward silence from about 500 fans who gradually warmed up to him as he began a practice round with Fred Couples.
" 'Welcome back, Tiger,' came the occasional shout from the gallery.
"Woods turned to acknowledge the fans with a nod and a smile -- something he rarely did before a sex scandal made him the source of so much ridicule."

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9:40 - April 5, 2010