Tiger Spends Easter Alone on the Links

Tiger Woods simply couldn't wait another day. While the troubled golfer's long-awaited return to the Masters doesn't begin until Thursday, Woods, 34, showed up in Augusta, Ga., on Easter Sunday to get warmed up.

While Woods' early arrival surprised some (golfer Jim Furyk told the Associated Press, "I've never seen him here on a Sunday"), his estranged wife Elin Nordegren's absence hardly went unnoticed.

Despite a source telling US Weekly that Nordegren might support Woods in the later rounds (it's a big "might," as other friends have said she doesn't want to go), the 30-year-old Swede spent her Easter Sunday at a lunch with tennis star Roger Federer and his wife and kids.

Nordegren -- who has kept a low profile from the public since the revelations of Woods' multiple mistresses (four of whom posed provocatively in the latest Vanity Fair) -- certainly could still show up to support her husband's big golf comeback. But could you really blame her if she didn't? 

Woods, in the meantime, seems to be settling into his old, familiar turf quite easily. The golfer was spotted giving a "playful jab" to reporters and hugging  friends on the links.

Fellow Masters competitor Mark O' Meara told the AP, "I haven't seen him since July," adding, "I love that kid. I understand what happened and it's not a good thing that happened...(But) he's my friend and I care for him." The older player added, "I told him out there, 'This is the place where you belong. This is what you love to do.'" 

O'Meara shouldn't get too relaxed around his buddy though, as a source told Us Weekly, that Woods is "confident" that he'll reign victorious at the Masters. Whether his own family will be there to cheer him on (fans were quite receptive to his practice round), well, that's a different problem he'll have to master.

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