Most surprising about Sunday's finish wasn't Tiger Woods' fifth victory. It was his 17-shot win over Rickie Fowler, who came to the Memorial with a win and two top-five finishes in his last three events.
Maybe that's just good days and bad days finding an intriguing confluence. Or maybe it signals that Woods is going to rule at the U.S. Open.
It still seems early to assert Woods will dominate again, simply because he has been so inconsistent.
Further, analyst Johnny Miller said he suspected nerves got to Woods at the Masters, which was inconceivable during the 2000s. Most likely, Woods won't ever dominate the game as he did then. But alas, who will?
Didn't we have this conversation about two months ago? The Arnold Palmer Invitational was an even bigger Tiger romp, turning up the hyperventilation a week before the Masters.
Let's recap: Woods tied for 40th at Augusta National. He then missed the cut in Charlotte, even with a favorable ruling on a vanishing ball. And he was 40th again at The Players.
Somewhere on the path to Domination is a stop called Contending Regularly. We still haven't seen enough of that from Woods. His wedge play from 125 yards and in has been spotty all year, one magical chip notwithstanding.
It'll take more than three birdies in a four-hole closing stretch to convince me this is the onset of Tiger Reign II.