THE remaining-day pink shirt was right here. So have been the galleries, following each shot.
And the whoops, hollers and completely crass feedback by the large-mouthed sensible-guys behind the ropes.
However whereas Tiger Woods was back in physique on the Hero World Problem in Nassau, not even the previous big of golf is aware of whether or not he’s actually back in spirit.
That Woods stays the most important attract golf shouldn’t be unsure. Each time the difficulty was raised across the Albany Resort, the response was the identical: “No one else strikes the dial like him.”
It’s a remark concerning the TV audiences Woods attracts, an entourage that runs from East Coast to West and consists of each outpost in between.
The Golf Channel ran a countdown clock to his press convention on Tuesday and to his tee-off on all 4 days. NBC made him the main target of the weekend. Woods nonetheless sells.
Finishing 4 rounds, three of them sub-par, and ending forward of two Main winners represented the primary steps on the lengthy journey back in the direction of the highest.
However it’s greater than 4 years since his final Tour win. And the sport has modified.
In his intimidating pomp — when he gained 14 Majors — Woods was a monster off the tee, forty yards longer than the remaining.
Now everybody hits the ball out of sight.
Woods was thrilled with his driving right here, recording a membership-head impression velocity of 180mph, faster than a lot of the huge hitters within the prime ten in 2017.
Watching him run off the primary tee on Sunday, in pursuit of his ball, was a large signal the forty one-yr-previous feels he’s on the best way back after a fourth back operation.
But that ball hanging made him merely aggressive with companion Justin Thomas. They have been enjoying the identical membership for almost each strategy.
Whereas Tiger was capturing a 4-underneath sixty eight to tie for ninth, Rickie Fowler was beginning with seven straight birdies earlier than ending with a sixty one to win by 4 photographs.
Each of the young bucks, although, acknowledged Woods can nonetheless forged a shadow.
Fowler, 28, stated: “Plenty of the young guys on the Tour haven’t performed towards him in his prime. I wouldn’t say we’re scared, extra excited.
“However Tiger’s nonetheless going to have that comparable impact if you see his identify on the board coming down the final 9 holes and being within the combine. You recognize he’s not scared. He’s finished it, he’s been there earlier than.”
Fowler famous that Woods was profitable on 30 per cent of his begins in his prime and Thomas, 24, added: “I don’t need to see THAT Tiger as a result of the statistics say not many people would have a lot of a chance.
However we would like to give you the chance to battle down the stretch with him.”
Whether or not they may truly get the chance is much less clear. We’ll all know extra by April in Augusta.
THE ultimate-day pink shirt was right here. So have been the galleries, following each shot.