Tiger showed signs of a potential re-emergence at this week's British Open, staying in contention until a late blunder put him out of it.
In the final round of this year's British Open, Tiger looked poised to make a run at the Claret Jug. However, he shot a triple-bogey at the sixth hole, sealing his fate.
His recent wins at PGA Tour events have once again raised the bar to the level that it was once at, winning majors. One can argue that Tiger's recent success on the tour was part of his recovery process, and that now is the time for him to become the Tiger everyone once knew.
Woods has inched closer to becoming who he once was, but has fallen short when the opportunity has presented itself.
Since the hiatus he took after scandal hit in 2009, Tiger came very close on a few tries at the Masters, finishing in a tie for fourth in 2010 and 2011.
Now, with an opportunity to win his first major since 2008, Woods faltered once again, and the doubters will come out once again to question if Tiger will ever be back.
Since his return, his performances have at times been marred by inconsistency, and the dramatic changes in his personal and professional life seem to have taken their toll.
As some of golf's younger hopefuls like Rory McIlroy emerge, Tiger's clock will continue to tick until his opportunity to make history by winning 18 majors slowly disappears.