AUGUSTA, Ga. - Golf fans saw a kinder, gentler Tiger Woods Monday.
He says, "Get used to it."
During Monday's practice round, Woods, who in recent years has hardly acknowledged fans at all, interacted with the patrons here and even putted a couple of balls off the 18th green, into the laps of delighted children.
"Just trying to be more respectful of the game and acknowledge the fans as I did today," Woods said.
"I haven't done that in the past few years and that was wrong of me. So many kids have looked up to me and so many fans have supported me over the years. I just want to say thank you to them, especially going through all of this (turmoil) over the past few months.
"It really puts things in perspective for me and how much I appreciated - or under-appreciated - the fans in the game of golf.
Woods said he's going to try to minimize his outbursts on the course, both when good things happen as well as bad.
"I'm going to try to not get as 'hot' when I play. But then again, when I'm not as hot, I'm not going to be that exuberant, either. I made a conscious decision to tone down my negative outbursts and, consequently, I'm sure my positive outbursts will be calmed down as well."