"It would be nice to hear a couple claps here and there. But also hope they clap for birdies too," he said.
"It's his re-entry back into this world and the softest possible landing," ESPN's Mike Tirico told "Good Morning America" after his announcement about his return last week. "It's about that re-entry, not necessarily going back to the top of the golf world at this time."
It's also a logical choice, Tirico said, for the amount of control the Masters provides versus other major events.
"It's the most controlled setting," Tirico said. "The only people inside the ropes at the Masters are the contestants, the caddies, the rules officials and a couple of the cameras that throw the TV pictures. By and large, compared to a regular PGA Tour event, it's a more pristine environment. Less distractions."
While public relations experts called the return one of the most significant moments in Woods' storied career, it's also a major moment for the sport.
"It's awesome to have your stud back, our star," said fellow professional golfer Kenny Perry. "He carried our tour."
TV ratings for golf dropped as much as 50 percent during Woods' absence.
Woods has been reportedly practicing with swing coach Hank Naney, but it's not the technical performance that Turico said could be the problem.
"The mentality is the $1 million question here," Tirico said. "We don't have those answers. We don't know how Tiger is approaching golf, if it's with the same zeal and zest and single-mindedness that he's known before when he gets to the first tee. Many haven't seen him and nobody knows how he's going to play."
Tiger's tale of tribulations started in late November, when he plowed his SUV into a fire hydrant and then a tree near his home in Isleworth, Fla.
In the days that followed an alleged relationship between Woods and a New York City nightclub hostess sparked a deluge of allegations of additional affairs. Before long, Woods was rumored to have been involved with more than a dozen women, including a porn star.
On Dec. 11, Woods announced he would take an indefinite leave of golf in an attempt to save his marriage. It is not known if Woods' wife, former model Elin Nordegren, will be by his side when he returns to the course.
Sunday he said they were working on reconciliation.
"I loved Elin with everything I have. And that's something that makes me feel even worse. That I did this to someone I loved that much," he said.
While Woods may be on the road towards rehabilitating his reputation, it remains to be seen whether the public will forgive him.
"I've made my mistakes," Woods said. "I've hurt so many people, and so many people I have to make an amends to, and that's living a life of amends."
ABC News' Lee Ferran contributed to this report.