Arnold Palmer Invitational

Tiger Woods, if not nature, calls

Tiger Woods, if not nature, calls

I swore off 4:30 a.m. wakeup calls for the British Open two years ago, when Louie Oosthuizen introduced himself to the golfing world -- and me -- by winning at St. Andrews in a runaway. But back then, Tiger Woodswas in the  midst of what seemed to be a never-ending free fall from the top.

It had been a tough year for Woods when he arrived at golf's birthplace in the summer of 2010. His image was shot after details emerged about his serial infidelity. His marriage was over. His then 34-year-old body seemed to be breaking down. His chase of Jack Nicklaus' 18 major championships appeared finished.

A 5-under par 67 in the opening round at The Open...