AUGUSTA – Tiger Woods went 923 days and 27 events between PGA Tour victories, during which he lost his wife, fired his caddie, split with his swing coach and failed to string together four rounds of the otherworldly golf that we had come to expect and drop our jaws over.
Apparently, this descent to mortal ground zero did something to the measuring stick in Woods’ mind. The same player who so often reminded us that the majors are the only tournaments that really matter to him now feels compelled to remind everybody that he totally kicked butt in a relative pickup game at Mountasia several months ago — something called the Chevron World Challenge, which is only a world challenge if an 18-player field, no-cut, off-off-Broadway event now qualifies as something global.
Woods won the Arnold Palmer Invitational two weeks ago. It was his first victory in an official Tour event since 2009. But