Tiger Woods has definitely regained the form that has made him the most watched and written-about athlete on the planet.
The latest incident occurred during the second round of the BMW Championship when a camera caught Woods slightly moving his golf ball while inspecting his lie. Woods was assessed a two-stroke penalty and was once again the center of media attention.
Even though cameras and media constantly swarm about, he has not missed a cut and has five wins in just 14 starts thus far in 2013. He has a firm grip on the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Rankings and finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in the FedEx Cup standings.
His off-the-course activities are also dutifully reported, and he seems to be in a very solid relationship with Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn.
There has been some controversy this year, however.
Woods began the year in Abu Dhabi. During the second round, he took an illegal drop, incurred a two-stroke penalty and missed the cut.
At the Masters, his third shot at the par-five No. 15 hit the flagstick and caromed back into the pond fronting the green during the second round.
Woods chose the option of dropping in the same proximity as his previous shot to play his fifth shot. He struck a perfect approach and made the putt for a bogey. The video tape was studied by the Masters Tournament rules officials, and it was decided Friday that Woods had made the correct drop and that no additional penalties should be assessed.
Later in the evening, after a phone call alerted the same rules officials of a possible infraction, another review was initiated. Woods was ultimately assessed a two-stroke penalty for an incorrect drop.
He was assessed another two-shot penalty this past weekend during the second round of the BMW Championship in the FedEx Cup playoffs.
Woods flew his approach shot at the first green into a wooded area over the green. In attempting to remove a pine cone and test the area, his ball moved slightly.
Woods stated after his round that he felt the ball oscillated and came to rest in its original position. When the video was reviewed in slow motion, it was clearly visible the ball had moved.
Woods was notified of the infraction and the two-shot penalty prior to signing his card at the end of his round.
Woods has also suffered through some injuries this year. He injured his left elbow during the U.S. Open at Merion in June and was forced to skip the AT&T National.
A back spasm on Saturday at The Barclays, the first FedEx Cup playoff tournament, brought Woods to his knees and probably cost him the win.
Amid all of this drama with rules infractions and injuries, he has managed to win golf tournaments at some of the most demanding courses in the world. Torrey Pines, Doral, Bay Hill, TPC Sawgrass and Firestone all succumbed to Woods' game this year.
Woods' failure in 2013 to win a 15th major title and edge closer to Jack Nicklaus is always a big story. Woods will turn 38 at the end of the year, and time keeps marching on.
Because he is Tiger Woods, cameras and golf writers follow his every move, and drama will continue to swirl around him whenever he decides to tee it up.
Most players would not be able to even compete let alone win multiple tournaments in a season if they experienced the constant attention that surrounds Woods.
The perpetual coverage he receives only seems to enhance his accomplishments on the golf course.
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