Tiger Woods Surprised, Gratified by Fans' Reaction

04/23/2010 at 01:25 PM EDT

Tiger Woods Surprised, Gratified by Fans' Reaction
Tiger Woods
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Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods

First back to the greens, now back online.

Tiger Woods on Friday returned to the world of blogging to thank fans for their support during the Masters earlier this month – after his absence from golf since his sex scandal broke in November.

"I honestly didn't know what to expect from the fans, but they were absolutely incredible," he writes. "It was unreal. They definitely helped me mentally be more comfortable out there … To get that type of warmth is something I did not expect and will never forget."

The golf star, 34, says it was good to be back, but he's rusty and needs more practice.

"It also felt great to be in the hunt again, but unfortunately, I didn't have my game," he writes. "I knew I needed to make a run, but I just didn't have one in me."

But Woods is not a sore loser and congratulates the man who dominated at the Masters.

"I want to congratulate Phil Mickelson on the win and for all it means to him, Amy and the entire Mickelson family," he says.

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