Doug Ferguson of the Associated Press puts it this way:
Tiger Woods said he was ready to go after eight months away from
golf. Was he ever. Woods ended his 253-day break from competition
Wednesday with a spectacular start at the Accenture Match Play Championship, going birdie-eagle to build a quick lead in his opening match against an overwhelmed Brendan Jones.
poured it on late, eagling the par-5 13th hole to go 4-up with five
holes to play. Jones had little chance on a day when Woods was as hot
as the desert sun.
The world's No. 1 player said he looked
forward to the rush of competition, something he had not experienced
since he won the U.S. Open in a playoff June 16 on one good leg. He had
season-ending surgery on his left knee a week later.
into the bleachers around the first tee, with more lined up behind the
ropes all the way to the green, and the cheer when Woods walked onto
the tee could be heard all the way down the fairway.
Woods backed off his tee shot, and without much expression, belted a fairway metal down the right side of the fairway.
"You are back!" one spectator shouted.