AUGUSTA, GA. - There are quite a number of rituals going on here in the extraordinary recreation of Tiger Woods.
All of them are pitched toward a second coronation on the 18th green in the Sunday dusk 16 years after his first, but the most transparently precarious is an attempt to suggest that he has returned here not only as the old great golfer, but an entirely new and perfectly integrated human being.
On the eve of today’s start of the 77th Masters, for example, he was lobbed a half volley of a question based on the assumption that having regained his No. 1 golf ranking he is now a contender for Father of the Year.
“Life is better now,” the Tiger declared after being asked how it is he is balancing his paternal responsibilities to his five- year-old daughter Sam Alexis and four-year-old son Charlie Axel following his divorce from their mother Elin Nordegren.
“It is a beautiful juggling act,” Woods said before outlining his idea of how the bonding will go down the years.