PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Ten years ago, Tiger Woods came to this awesome meeting of land and sea and made history by doing his best impersonation of Secretariat in the 1973 Belmont. The longer the U.S. Open went on, the more insane Woods’ lead became, until it was transformed into two distinct golf tournaments:
One for him and another for the B Flight.
A few things have transpired since he won by a record 15 strokes with a 12-under-par 272. He’s added 11 more professional majors to the resume. He parted ways with his celebrated swing coach. He turned 30. He got married. He buried his father/best friend/mentor. He became a dad, twice. He had big-time surgery on his left knee, which caused him to miss two majors after he’d gone 91 holes on one good wheel to win his third U.S. Open. He just parted ways with a second swing coach.
And he went through a very public sex scandal that put his marriage on the rocks and the career that defined him on hold.
It’s made for some decade.
Now, on to the rest of the story.
After a prolonged, self-induced layoff, he still almost won the Masters at Augusta National 2 months ago, with something less than his “A” game. He missed the cut at Quail Hollow in late April, then had to withdraw from The Players Championship the following weekend with a neck injury. He didn’t come close in his last start, 2 weeks ago at the Memorial.