As was mentioned by the blowhards on Golf Channel - his swing aggression with driver "appeared to be greater" than in years prior, outdriving his playing partners "regularly." His ball speed was equal with that of Justin Thomas's for the most part. And Thomas isn't exactly one of the shorter hitters on tour.
So is he healthier? Is his back more "healed" than in years past? Or is he just throwing caution to the wind for one last chance to become relevant again, knowing that he needs to keep up with the longer players to remain competitive?
Understand - I have never discounted Woods' desire to win. But on that same token, his "desire" to keep up with the longer hitters on tour over the last 3-4 years has ultimately become his demise... that his history of back injuries and subsequent surgeries have ultimately led him down the road to being non-competitive.
That's why I suggest pumping the brakes on his "return."
He can only be competitive if he's healthy, which means swinging the club in a more non-aggressive manner. Keeping up with the longer players on tour in his hit-and-giggle Hero World Challenge doesn't mean a whole lot.
Let's see where his health is 6 months from now, whether he's still competitive, or closing it down for the season because he can't sit upright for a 30-minute interview.
It's not about my dislike for Tiger... I don't dislike the guy. It's about the reality of where he is physically, which isn't all that different from where he's claimed to be physically during his last three "comeback" tours.
His swing aggression has ultimately led him to the injured state he's been in the past several years. And judging by what I observed the last four days in the Bahamas - he's the same 110% swinger he used to be.
That doesn't exactly warm me over to his "comeback tour" success, no matter how much the blowhards at Golf Channel think how great it is that he's somehow keeping up with one of the longer hitters on tour.
In my mind - that's not a good thing. It just tells me that he's incapable of disciplining himself to not swing as hard as he used to, and I don't think that bodes well for a guy who's had 3 major back surgeries in the past 5 seasons.