Once great, he totally lost it but has now come back from the abyss. Take heart, David Duval.
In TV's top spot Tiger and the boys showed a flair for the dramatic that was at least as entertaining as yet another iteration of CSI.
The California kids ruled, led by Woods, then John Merrick (tied for sixth), Hunter Mahan (left) and Phil Mickelson (18th), Anthony Kim (26th), Rickie Fowler and Nick Watney (60th) and John Mallinger (65th).
The "tough but fair" setup amped up the excitement by allowing risk-reward shot making. Suggested new slogan: Protecting par—preventing naps!
He had never made a cut in a major, but on Sunday, playing with his partner in rhyme Hunter Mahan, he held on to tie for fourth.
He might be ready to get back in the running for second-best player in the world.
Cliffs of La Jolla
Look out Pebble Beach: The camera loves La Jolla, and the USGA is jazzed by the muni angle. Could Torrey be Cali's new it course?
Even par on Sunday and he's the first Euro to win the Open in 38 years, and he spends the night soaked in champagne; instead, he shoots a 73 and gets all the pain with none of the champ.
The Woods-Mickelson-Scott experiment didn't provide a showdown but did concentrate the unruly crowds and constrict TV appeal to one part of the broadcast.
The beating goes on. Westwood coughed up his big chance, Ian Poulter and Luke Donald withdrew, and Justin Rose and Nick Dougherty missed the cut. Paul Casey made the weekend but never threatened.