Back in the day, Tiger Woods wasn't just the best player in the world, he was also one of the luckiest.
Errant shots would have a habit of finding safe harbor, bounces would go his way, putts -- like the famous one on the final hole at the 2008 US Open -- would somehow fall in instead of lipping out like they did for most everyone else.
The past two-and-a-half years, not so much.
I thought of this on Friday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational when Woods, four-under par on his round at the time, snap-hooked a driver on the 10th hole.
The out-of-bounds fence protecting the houses to the left of the hole is flimsy. Woods' ball could easily have ended up in a backyard, his momentum shot.
But the ball somehow not only stayed in bounds, but left him an opening, from where he did what he used to do all the time, threaded a beautiful recovery shot that found the putting surface.
From the outhouse to the penthouse, and Woods even almost made the putt.
His second shot into the par 5 16th...