What remains clear is that the fascination with Woods has barely waned. Dozens of fans tailed him before sunlight touched the course at 6:40 a.m., and the gallery swelled to several hundred by the end.
"The most compelling figure in golf, and maybe in all of sports," Faldo said.
Jim Nantz, CBS's longtime golf host, offered that this latest comeback is akin to Tom Brady or Michael Jordan taking a couple of years off and then suiting up again.
"We don't know what that's going to look like," Nantz said, "but I know I've got to see it."
Woods wouldn't make any predictions for the week, saying that he didn't have a feel for some of his young competitors. He said he met Jon Rahm, the defending champion here and world No. 2, for the first time this week.
Woods does, however, have one large goal in front of him -- Augusta. He has played in only one of the last four Masters. Remarkably, he hasn't pulled on a green jacket since 2005.
"I'm just trying to build toward April," he said.
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