In case you've been living under a rock this past week, Tiger Woods and his wife Elin officially announced their divorce on Monday. While that may not come as a surprise to anyone after all the shenanigans Tiger had gotten himself into, it did have several people wondering how the Worlds # 1 golfer would play without the stress of breaking up his family weighing on his conscience.
Although it may be premature to say this, it looks like a little closure was just what Tiger needed. Woods is playing in the Barclays this week, the first event of the FedEx Cup playoffs, and played arguably better than he has all season. Although he was one of the first players in the club house (he was in one of the first groups to tee off because of his low ranking), Tiger shot a 6-under 65 to give him a share of the early lead. He struck the ball like the Tiger of old, hitting 92% of the fairways, and 83% of the greens in regulation. Maybe this was just a fluke round, but if Tiger keeps this up and winds up winning the tournament, you can be sure that it will be the dominating story in the sports world come Monday.
Maybe Tiger will fade tomorrow and this solid round won't be relevant anymore. But if he continues to play well, it will leave everyone wondering if perhaps the weight has finally been lifted off his shoulders, and that he once again has a shot to beat Nicklaus' Major record and cement himself as the greatest golfer in history.