Masters awaits, giving Tiger reason to celebrate

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Tiger Woods has some work to do before the Masters begins next week. His caddie could use some practice too.

Tiger Woods has some work to do before the Masters begins next week. His caddie could use some practice too.

You would think they would have it all worked out by now. They’ve done it so many times it should be routine.

But there they were in the gloaming (I’ll explain this word later) in Florida, engaged in an awkward dance of sorts on the 18th green as a bemused Arnold Palmer looked on. The fist pump was fine, but when it came time to hug and give each other high fives, neither player nor caddie seemed quite sure which should come first.

Arnie couldn’t help because, in his day, celebrating a win meant tipping your hat to the crowd and shaking your playing partner’s hand. Players didn’t give high fives, and hugging your caddie would do nothing but get a lot of tongues wagging at the next tour stop.

I bring this up because Augusta National is a place Woods has done quite a bit of celebrating and not all of it well. Case in point was the curling chip on the 16th green in 2005 when he and Stevie Williams ran around looking like a couple of computer nerds who had just scored their first dates.

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