It is too early to say if the Woods mystique and aura still exist. His putting on Sunday was un-Tiger-like. He ranked 58th in strokes gained-putting and didn’t make a birdie in between the 1st and 17th holes.
It will be interesting to track the Woods intimidation factor inside the ropes. At the Honda Classic Brandt Snedeker and Patton Kizzire both missed the cut. So did Spieth and Henrik Stenson at the Valspar.
Speaking of the surgery Woods called his decision to go under the knife uncharted territory. Bad backs had ended numerous careers. Fusing the lower lumbar had saved none. And yet Woods elected to undergo surgery for one simple reason.