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Everything was back to normal.
Then again, it is rare to see one All-Star athlete wake up at dawn to watch another one practice. But there was former Orlando Magic guard Penny Hardaway trudging along in the dew-covered rough to watch Woods play nine holes.
"I'm here for the tournament, and for Tiger," Hardaway said. "Tiger, first. I don't usually get up this early, but I will for Tiger."
Getting far less attention was Ogilvy, who is emerging as a big-tournament player, if not a big-time player. The former U.S. Open champion won the Match Play two weeks ago, and with a victory at Doral can join Woods in two categories -- the only players to defend a World Golf Championship event, and win consecutive WGC titles.
"Tiger has taken away from every other golf story in the last few months, which is fair enough," Ogilvy said. "He's the biggest story in golf when he's playing, and when he takes eight months off, it's obviously a big story."
The 80-man field -- the largest in the 10-year history of this event -- consists of the top 50 in the world rankings, and top players from the money list on the PGA, European, South African, Japan, Asian and Australasian tours.
The last player to earn a spot at Doral was Davis Love III, all because Brett Quigley missed a 6-foot par putt on the final hole of the Honda Classic last week. Love went from an eight-way tie for 14th to a nine-way tie for 13th, giving him just enough room to take over the No. 50 ranking by .0009 points.
"It has not been much fun the last few years trying to get in events like this," said Love, who was 59th in the 64-man Match Play field. "But it is fun when you do accomplish a goal, even though it was by the skin of my teeth."
The next goal is the Masters. Love will have to win a tournament or stay in the top 50 for three more weeks.
Woods gets to return to Augusta National as long as he wants as a past champion. His goal is to figure out where is game is by the time he drives down Magnolia Lane next month.
But there is a trophy at stake, and that is not lost on him.
"I'm ready to win, yeah," he said. "That's why I'm here."
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