AUGUSTA, GA. - In all the over-heated circumstances, they might have played Eye of the Tiger when he came to the first tee. But then you probably had to scour the most distant pine forests to find someone who was unaware Tiger Woods was back.
Yes, he was back to a significant degree — his round of 2-under left him in a prime position of lurking behind the leaders at the end of the first day. It was in that classic way of his triumph here 16 years ago when he returned precisely the same score. There is, it is true, one diverging detail. Back when the golf world was entering into a state of shock, the young Tiger Woods came back in a searing 30.
Last night, he declared, “It was a good day, a solid day. I hit the ball really solid and lag putted pretty good. It was a good start and I’m right in there.”