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Masters Day 1: champs tee off, but focus on Woods

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WKOW) -- Thursday afternoon, all eyes will be on Tiger Woods, playing golf for the first time in 144 days and for the first time since a major scandal broke, setting the world in a debate about the future of the sport's biggest star.

Officials at Augusta National insist no player will overshadow their tournament. For a few moments Thursday, that was the case as Jack Nicklaus joined Arnold Palmer to swat ceremonial tee shots to begin the Masters.

Nathan Green, Heath Slocum and Louis Oosthuizen followed in the first group. Wood tees off with K.J. Choi and Matt Kuchar in the next-to-last threesome at 1:42 p.m. EST.

During the tournament, Woods is reportedly renting two secluded mansions, one for him and one for his entourage, in a nearby private community.

Security has been tight. One of Tiger's guarded reported asked a female spectator if she was a stripper because she matched a photo on some watch list.

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