After a rather sluggish start to Friday's second round at the Masters, Tiger Woods made three straight birdies at the turn, and you could tell something was about to happen.
Woods ended up with a 6-under 66 for the day—and is now just three strokes behind leader Rory McIlroy.
The 66 was his best round at Augusta National since he won it in 2005.
Woods made nine birdies on Friday, including one final one on 18. Tiger's drive found the right rough and was in a very awkward location for his approach shot to the green, but he stuck it right of the flag about 10 feet away.
He rolled the putt in for a birdie, giving the patented fist pump we've all come to know as the ball dropped into the cup.
I had a feeling going into the week that Tiger would be in the mix in this tournament—even though he hasn't been playing good golf of late. You just knew at some point he had to come out of hibernation and start playing well again.
And I felt it might be this week, because it's the Masters. And he is Tiger Woods.
Yes, Tiger is in the middle of the longest winless streak of his career (20 tournaments over a period of about 17 months), and he's also been dogged by his tarnished image.
But I still had a feeling about him this week.
And, to be clear, I have never been a huge Tiger Woods fan. I thought he was a great player, but I just couldn't really cheer him on.
Why, you might ask?
Because of his behavior ON the golf course, not OFF.
My dad taught me to play golf, and really stressed proper course behavior. No swearing, no throwing clubs, nothing like that.
I have always thought Tiger needed to cut the swearing and club-throwing out of his game. Yes, every golfer will mutter a bad word here and there; I even heard Phil Mickelson saying something about ships and trucks during the first round, I think.
But the loud, out-of-control outbursts that Woods sometimes has really bothered me.
I know that's how he is, and some say it's because he's so competitive, but all the golfers on the PGA Tour are competitive. There's just no excuse for that kind of behavior, in my opinion.
As a golf fan, I never root for one player or another to make a bad shot or have a bad round. Instead, I hope the guy I'm pulling for makes the great shot, has the super round.
And not very often have I pulled for Tiger to have the good round or make the fantastic shots. A few times over the years, yes, but not usually.
I do appreciate good golf, however, and Tiger has given us lots of that.
And so far his behavior this year at the Masters has been commendable; I actually wouldn't mind seeing him win. But at the same time I won't be hoping Rory McIlroy, Jason Day or anyone else folds—or for them to hit bad shots.
Instead, I think I just might be hoping Tiger does what Tiger does and plays great on Saturday and Sunday.
While it's been mostly his own fault, he has been through a lot the last couple years, and Tiger Woods playing good golf is good for golf.
Look for Phil Mickelson to be putting a green jacket on Tiger on Sunday.