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Tiger apologizes to golfers, praises Augusta fans

By PAUL NEWBERRY
AP National Writer 

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Tiger Woods has apologized to his fellow golfers for being bombarded with questions about his private life, and says the reception of the Augusta National fans "blew me away."

Tiger Woods began his comeback with an extraordinary 35-minute news conference at Augusta National on Monday, taking full blame for the personal failings that led to revelations of multiple extramarital affairs.

He also says "nothing's changed" on the golf course and he still expects to win the Masters in his return to competition after a devastating personal scandal.

Woods refused to say why he spent 45 days in rehabilitation, but says he intends to continue with his treatment. He also said he received five stitches in his mouth after the infamous Thanksgiving night car crash outside his home, but stressed that he's not addicted to prescription drugs.

While his wife, Elin, won't be joining him at Augusta, Woods still believes he can win his fifth green jacket after a five-month layoff.

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 even stopped to sign autographs on the way to the practice range.

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