A four-time winner of the year's opening major, Woods is
scheduled to tee off at 1: 52 p.m. ET in Thursday's
opening round at Augusta National Golf Club.
"There is a lot of excitement for the first major tournament
of the year," Woods, 33, said Tuesday.
"I feel good about my game and had good practice sessions
with [swing coach] Hank Haney. I didn't work on anything
specific; just did a lot of fine-tuning."
Woods will be competing in his first Grand Slam event since
winning the U.S. Open in a playoff with Rocco Mediate
at Torrey Pines in June.
He was then sidelined for eight months while recovering from
reconstructive knee surgery. He has already triumphed once in
just three starts since returning to the PGA Tour.
"The preparation, the feeling that I have right now, it
feels the same," said Woods, who clinched his 66th Tour title at
the Arnold Palmer Invitational nine days ago.
"I was surprised at how fast I got the feeling back. Coming
here, it feels the same, just like any other major
British Open champion Padraig Harrington, who will be
bidding for a rare third consecutive major victory this week,
has a 10:34 a.m. start with 2003 Masters winner Mike Weir of Canada
and Japan's Ryuji Imada.