Woods practices at Augusta

3/23/2010 - Golf Tiger Woods

One day after granting his first interviews since taking a leave of absence following a highly publicized sex scandal, Tiger Woods was practicing at Augusta National Golf Club on Monday, as reported by Golf Channel and confirmed by ESPN.com.

Last week Woods announced his plans to return from a 4½-month hiatus from competitive golf at next month's Masters Tournament, which will take place from April 8 to 11.

Woods is a four-time Masters champion, but hasn't won a green jacket since 2005, finishing in the top six at each of the past four editions of the year's first major.

"I'm excited to get back and play," Woods told ESPN's Tom Rinaldi on Sunday. "I'm excited to get to see the guys again. I really miss a lot of my friends out there. I miss competing. But still, I still have a lot more treatment to do, and just because I'm playing, doesn't mean I'm gonna stop going to treatment."

It remains unclear how patrons at Augusta National will treat Woods' return. Even he maintains he doesn't know what to expect.

"I'm a little nervous about that to be honest with you," he said. "It would be nice to hear a couple claps here and there. But also hope they clap for birdies, too."

Still ranked No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking, Woods hasn't played competitively since Nov. 15, when he won the JBWere Masters in Australia.

Jason Sobel covers golf for ESPN.com.