Tiger Ignores “Bootyism,” “Sex Addict” Signs, Does Well at Masters

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Not everyone was applauding Tiger Woods' return to professional golf at the Masters in Augusta, Ga. on Thursday.

A subdued-looking Woods, 35, received a long ovation from spectators when he teed off at 1:42 p.m. It's the #1-ranked golfer's much-anticipated comeback since his far-reaching infidelity scandal began to unfold last November.

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But as he played his first hole, a small plane flew overhead — carrying a banner reading "Tiger: Did you mean 'bootyism?" The quip was a reference to several public apologies made by Woods in late March; he told ESPN's Sports Center that he "had gotten away from my core values" while cheating on his wife Elin "I'd gotten away from my Buddhism. And I quit meditatitng."

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Woods didn't appear to see the snarky banner — or the one carried by another plane that flew above later. That one read "Sex addict? Yeah. Right. Me Too!!"

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Woods sought treatment for 45 days but declined to confirm that it was for sex addiction, saying it was a "private matter."

Update: Apparently Woods didn't let the heckling get to him: he finished his first round with a four-under score of 68, just two shots off the lead score. It was his best opening round score ever at the Masters tournamaent.  (Veteran golfer Fred Couples was victorious in round one with a score of 66.)

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