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Tiger Woods -- I Was Surprised By Fan Support

4/23/2010 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Tiger Woods claims he was pleasantly surprised by the way fans treated him in his return to golf -- claiming the support at the Masters actually "helped" him on the course.

Tiger just posted the message on his blog, in which he says, "I honestly didn't know what to expect from the fans, but they were absolutely incredible from Monday through Sunday.

He added, "It was unreal. They definitely helped me mentally to be more comfortable out there. I was hoping for the best. To get that type of warmth is something I did not expect and will never forget."

Check out the entire unedited blog entry after the jump.


"I have to say it felt great to return to competition at the Masters Tournament. To actually contend in a major on the back nine Sunday and tie for fourth with very little preparation, with all that has transpired in my life, was pretty cool.

I honestly didn't know what to expect from the fans, but they were absolutely incredible from Monday through Sunday. It was unreal. They definitely helped me mentally to be more comfortable out there. I was hoping for the best. To get that type of warmth is something I did not expect and will never forget.

It also felt great to be in the hunt again, but unfortunately, I didn't have my game. I knew I needed to make a run, but I just didn't have one in me. I had a terrible warm-up session Sunday, and it carried over to the first tee.

As far as competing, it was just like riding a bike again. Once the tournament came, everything felt normal, and I fell into my old rhythm and routine. I didn't even think about it; it just happened. My body knew what to do.

I tried and wanted to interact with as many fans as I could. One little girl gave me a letter on the third tee, which was awfully sweet. I knew a few people in the gallery, including my mom, which was nice.

It was also great to see all the guys. They had been asked a lot of questions in my absence and handled the distractions very well. I appreciate their support, but it felt good to try and beat them again.

I received some criticism for bad language, which I apologized for immediately after Saturday's round. It's tough when you're in a competitive environment and in the flow of a tournament. I'm not perfect. All I can say is I'm trying to do everything I can without losing my fire and competitive spirit.

Although it was my first tournament using all V-grooves, it was a seamless transition. I played V-grooves in all my irons except my sand wedges at The Presidents Cup and for the remainder of the year, so it was a pretty easy change. I didn't have much trouble adjusting to the sand wedges because I have the softest ball on the PGA Tour.

Before I stop talking about the Masters, I want to congratulate Phil Mickelson on the win and for all it means to him, Amy and the entire Mickelson family. They have really gone through a lot this year, and I wish them good health from now on.

I hear Lorena Ochoa is retiring from professional golf. Although we never played together, I met her several times, and she is a wonderful person and a great champion. The game of golf is definitely going to miss her. I hope she decides to stay involved in one form or another.

I also heard that the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach this year will be televised in prime time on the weekend. I think the last time NBC did it was at Torrey Pines in 2008, and the ratings were pretty good. The only time we can be on prime time is when the tournament is held on the West Coast, so we might as well take advantage of it. I think it's great for golf.

Earlier this week, I committed to THE PLAYERS Championship and the AT&T National. Obviously, that's earlier than usual. The PGA Tour asked me to commit earlier if I could to help the tournaments with their planning and security. I completely understand and know they're trying to help out me and the other players. Whenever possible, I will continue to do this going forward.

Next week, I return to competition at the Quail Hollow Championship in North Carolina. Quail Hollow Club is one of my favorite courses on tour. It's traditional, right in front of you, difficult, and you have to shape shots both ways. I managed to win there in 2007 and look forward to going back.

I took a little time off after the Masters to go scuba diving and spend time with my family. But I did enjoy a fun round of golf with my friend John Cook at Isleworth Country Club. I double-eagled the par-5 17th hole -- the third of my life -- with a 5-wood and shot 63, so my game is improving.

Finally, special thanks to all my fans for their well wishes and support. It means more than you know.

Talk to you again soon." For more sports stories, check out tmzsports.com!
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1.

marymac    

His support was from fellow cheaters, lol

1647 days ago
2.

Rob    

Of course he got support... they were probably told they would be kicked out if they booed. Too bad the planes were restricted from flying over with the signs mocking his lame story. You suck Eldrick!

1647 days ago
3.

janet    

Go Tiger!

1647 days ago
4.

Phil    

Tiger is as warm as dog poo.

1647 days ago
5.

Klipper    

I wonder how many girls he banged while at the Masters...
I'm betting at least 3.

1647 days ago
6.

dirty diana    

of course he was supported they would have got thrown the hell out if not, you dumbass s***. just give up golf you f'n loser!!! can't wait til you get to a smaller event, see who supports you then *******!!!

1647 days ago
7.

kadi    

FAKE it until you believe it Tiger! more like...Fake it until you get the press to believe it...not gonna happen

1647 days ago
8.

GB    

With all that security of course nothing would happen.

1647 days ago
9.

curious george    

This tiger will never change his stripes! And the people who were their were probably paid to be there and cheer him on . . . The only honest people there were flying the plane with the banners.

1647 days ago
10.

Scotty    

Doesn't he mean Nike and TAG Heuer employee support! BOYCOTT NIKE!!!

1647 days ago
11.

Tray    

Let the HATE begin!!!!! You people are sad. I guess you ALL are saints?? Get over yourselves!! You sound stupid! Good luck Tiger!

1647 days ago
12.

Anya    

A lot of us were surprised as well. If I could have been there he would have gotten the opposite reaction. You're probably correct, Rob....... attendees were likely forewarned.
And, to Tiger, you may be a good golfer but you are sadly lacking in so many other areas of greater importance.

1647 days ago
13.

OooooNooo!    

I wonder why Bill Clinton didn't get this kind of reaction? Getting a BJ in the Oval Office from an intern about the same age as his daughter? "Oh, that's a private matter between him and his wife."
Accused of rape by a female state employee brought to the room by State Troopers? "Oh, that's the right wing trying to frame him." Affair with Jennifer Flowers? "That was accent history. Time to move on." Really, how is Tiger different than Slick Willy? Money? Race? What?

1647 days ago
14.

Grump    

Whos' Rachels' and the other Whores you banged?



IF you got any suport from men was only to suck up for the Hoe bags numbers after the game.

1647 days ago
15.

Linda    

Perfectly written ---- by his high-paid PR staff! What a fake!

1647 days ago
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