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Tiger has a quiet practice round

Tiger Woods got through his first nine holes of practice at Firestone Country Club with no problems. His left leg seemed to give him no problems, walking or swinging. It was hard to draw any conclusions from his play. His tee shots went left, but not wild enough to go into the trees.

The most intriguing part about it was the scene. It was unusual, to say the least. There are no spectators allowed for the Tuesday practice round at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. So it was an extremely quiet round. He played by himself, accompanied by his new caddie Bryon Bell, swing coach Sean Foley, a Nike representative, a couple of security people, his publicist, his agent, and about 20 media people. Also, given that he started shortly after 6 a.m., he was watched by members of the greens staff who stopped their early morning mowing to see Woods come through.

He will have a more public appearance at 10 a.m., with his news conference.

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