For most of the past year, seemingly every time Tiger Woods played golf in public, there was something extra at stake.
Whether it was the initial quest to overcome injuries that put him on the sideline for the better part of four months in 2011, or the work on his golf swing with coach Sean Foley, or winning tournaments again, or finally being a force on the game's biggest stages, there was always something to scrutinize, analyze or even obsess about.
All of which makes this week's CIMB Classic in Malaysia a bit of an oddity.
Certainly there will be interest in how Woods performs; he has never been one to show up at a tournament and not play to win. And there is the matter of the $6.1 million purse (divided among only 48 players) and the $1.3 million that goes to the winner.
But finding huge meaning beyond prize money this week is a bit difficult.