A sober-looking Tiger Woods said on Monday he was overwhelmed by the warm reception he got from fans in the gallery at Augusta National in his return to golf and said that he did not address the public in the weeks after his car accident last Nov. 27 because he was following his lawyer’s advice. He also denied using any performance-enhancing drugs in connection with his treatment by Dr. Anthony Galea.
Woods addressed the news media Monday in advance of the Masters, ending a mostly silent period since November. He faced questions ranging from whether he received human growth hormone from Galea to why he had ducked answering questions until now. None of the assembled reporters asked specifically about the events leading to his accident, however, something he refused to address in his few previous comments.
Before questions, Woods said he was stunned by the positive reaction he got on the course as he practiced at Augusta. “The encouragement I got, it blew me away,” he said.