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Tiger Woods a late arrival to Augusta National as Masters expectations take on new feel

  • Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland,  putts on the 13th green during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament Monday, April 6, 2015, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, putts on the 13th green during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament Monday, April 6, 2015, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)  (The Associated Press)

  • Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, hits to the 13th green during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament Monday, April 6, 2015, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, hits to the 13th green during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament Monday, April 6, 2015, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)  (The Associated Press)

  • Bubba Watson leans on his golf back with hs caddie on the fifth hole during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament Monday, April 6, 2015, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Bubba Watson leans on his golf back with hs caddie on the fifth hole during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament Monday, April 6, 2015, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)  (The Associated Press)

Tiger Woods arrived later than usual Monday for a Masters that is different from all the others he has played.

No one is sure what to expect from him.

With ear buds dangling around his neck, Woods walked onto the practice area at Augusta National. Most fittingly, he headed straight for the chipping area.

He typically plays at least nine holes by lunch on Monday. Then again, nothing is typical for Woods these days.

He is No. 111 in the world. He hasn't played since Feb. 5, and the limited golf he did play wasn't pretty. That included an 82 in Phoenix, and only 47 holes in two tournaments with some shocking chip shots.

Rory McIlroy, going for the career Grand Slam, played 18 holes with British amateur Bradley Neil.