A body transplant seems to have occurred during the offseason. Tiger Woods seems to have slipped into Rory McIlroy's body and vice versa.
That much was obvious from the opening round of the $2.7 million Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.
McIlroy leads Woods by three shots after an opening 5-under-par 67 to Woods' 70. The Northern Irishman shared the early lead with Sweden's Robert Karlsson.
If you somehow missed watching Woods and McIlroy play the Abu Dhabi greens, you would have thought the scores would be the other way around. Woods was the most consistent player of a three-ball that also included World No. 1 Luke Donald. The Englishman hit a couple of wild tee shots but still managed to return a 1-under 71.
Woods hit 10 of 14 fairways and 17 greens and hit only one bad shot all day, a duffed wedge shot to the par-5 8th hole, his 17th, that came up 30 feet short. Woods might have been almost McIlroy-like with his other 13 clubs, but he struggled with the putter.
"Hit the ball ...