Even Tiger Woods’ rivals seem to be finding comfort in the return to form of a man who takes such delight in beating them like a drum.
Ever since Woods was knocked off his pedestal in the 2009 Thanksgiving Day explosion that rocked the golf world, there has been an undercurrent of tension that translated into an awkward relationship between Woods and the game he dominated for the previous 12 years. Having Augusta National chairman Billy Payne tear a strip off Woods prior to the 2010 Masters only added to the chilliness of the relationship.
That tension is gone. Part of the equation is that Woods is playing at — or near — his best again. The other part of the equation rests with Woods’ relaxed demeanour, absent the barely disguised emotional strain that was so obvious as his life fell apart.