New rules in place as Tiger Woods gets ready to tee off

Charlotte, NC - (NBC) - Tiger Woods was back on the golf course Wednesday.

His self-imposed "indefinite leave" from the game after the Masters lasted just two weeks. As he returns to the PGA Tour in Charlotte, there are apparently some concerns about how he will be welcomed back.

As the controversial golfer tees it up again for the second time publicly since admitting to a string of extra-marital affairs, and the first time outside the controlled atmosphere of Augusta, there is apparently some concern about his reception.

For the first time in the history of the Quail Hollow Championship, an e-mail to ticket holders this year included a "Tiger clause."

It says in part: "Verbal remarks as well as banners, posters, t-shirts or the like, that belittle, defame, or criticize any of the players are not permitted."

It's a rule reinforced by an army of police following his group on foot, on bikes, golf carts and even segues.

"I don't think it's necessary, but I understand why they're doing it," said one spectator.

At Wednesday's pro-am it all seemed to be working.

"Not one negative comment. Cheering him on. Cheering his name. Seems like everyone forgave him," said another spectator.

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