AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The 11th hole started the wrecking of Tiger Woods' day when his tee shot smacked into the arm of a man named John L. Sullivan.
Sullivan had no clue he'd play a tiny role in the historic and bootylicious return of Woods, but he did. Woods' tee shot hit Sullivan in the left arm, leaving a visible bruise near the biceps and a story to tell his friends back in Pittsburgh. The ball itself ended sitting snuggly next to Sullivan's bag in the rough to the right of the fairway.
Woods approached and decided not to take a drop. Woods' caddy, Steve Williams, told fans to "watch the shadows on his ball" and then rolled his eyes when several people didn't move quickly enough for his liking. After talking to himself for about 15 seconds, Woods took his shot, and a second after the swing there was a strong thud. The ball hit a tree and rolled out onto the fairway. Woods never said a word to Sullivan before or after ball met biceps.
Interestingly, in the very next group, again on 11, Phil Mickelson's shot hit a different fan, also in the arm, right near Sullivan. Mickelson approached the fan, asked if he was OK and handed him a glove.
Besides illustrating the differences between how Woods and Mickelson treat people, the 11th basically ended any chance of Woods making his Masters return even more fascinating than it was. Woods bogeyed 11 just as Mickelson was starting to surge.