It has taken three years, a stretch of time when their career arcs crisscrossed, when their successes and failures were dissected like frogs in a high school biology class, when they seemed to share little except the same swing coach. Such is the way things have gone for Hunter Mahan and Tiger Woods since the final round of the 2009 AT&T National.
"I would certainly say my short game has been something that has taken a hit," Woods said Tuesday at the Congressional Country Club, where he will play the role of host and favorite when the AT&T National begins Thursday.
It is certainly not a stretch to say that this weekend ¿ if it ends with a victory for the 36-year-old Woods in the U.S. Open at San Francisco¿s Olympic Club ¿ could redefine a legacy that added more than a few unwanted chapters over the past three years.
The reverberations from what Tiger Woods did Sunday on the outskirts of Columbus, Ohio are still being felt throughout the golf world, but there¿s an even better comeback story coming to the Olympic Club in San Francisco next week. It's the story of Casey Martin.
Watching what Tiger Woods did Sunday at Muirfield Village Golf Club, coming from two shots down with four holes to play to win the Memorial Tournament and tie the event¿s legendary host, Jack Nicklaus, with PGA Tour victory No. 73, brought back memories from the years when Woods was undeniably the No. 1 player in golf.
Is there TV life after Tiger Woods? It's not easy, says Tommy Roy, the executive producer of NBC's golf coverage, but with an event as large and storied as the U.S. Open, it can be done — with a little help from the golfing gods on Sunday, of course.