Tiger Channels Past In Mesmerizing Swirl
Hate him or hate him, this was the Tiger that golf needs, sport needs and our zest for intrigue needs. We eventually will have to separate our disgust for his womanizing and compartmentalize it all, understanding that it would be tragic if a sex scandal ruined an epic career. He is a golfer, remember, not a public official. All you had to do was stand and watch on the 18th green, in what seemed like a flashback to his pre-TMZ days, when an astonishing 3-wood whack from behind two cypress trees traveled 250 yards and landed only 15 feet from the cup, sending an explosion of excitement through a gallery that suddenly didn't care about his sexual indiscretions. While he missed a putt for eagle that may come back to haunt him in the final round, the resulting birdie was his eighth of the third round and fourth in a magnificent eight-hole stretch, including the last three, leaving him five shots behind a beatable leader -- big-booming but majors-unproven Dustin Johnson -- in what should be a compelling finish.