Cold-weather golfers will testify that sometimes your best rounds come early in the season. After shoveling snow for five months, you're no longer fighting your swing, trying to cram every playing partner's suggestion into a 7-iron. So, in effect, was Tiger's win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational just beginner's luck? Because compared to the Tiger of old, he's looked like a weekend warrior ever since.
You guessed it: the right-handed swing.
Blocked out by a tree on No. 11 at the TPC last weekend, Woods flipped over a wedge, toe down, and crushed it clear across the fairway some 112 yards left-handed. Nike should have him fitted for a lefty driver any day now.
Speaking of lefties, will Lefty step up to fill the Tiger void? Mickelson stared him down at Augusta and posted a course-record 30 on the front nine. With the US Open just one month away, the world's No. 1 ranking is within reach. Then again, the last time we gave Lefty a chance to shine, he shanked the worst cameo in "Entourage" history.
Here's a course so elite, even the Golden Bear was denied membership. Must have been built by a soldier in Arnie's Army.