Nothing is as it used to be with Tiger Woods.
At its peak, his greatness wasn't just in being better than everyone else, but in beating them with ridiculous consistency.
When he was on his game, Woods just won by more. When majors rolled around, no one wondered about the identity of the favorite.
Gamblers would take Woods and give up the field -- a ludicrous proposition in golf, except that in a stretch of 11 majors, Woods won seven, making it also a winning proposition.
Golf is different now -- the past 15 majors have been won by 15 different players, nine of them first-timers -- and, in part, that's because Woods is different, too.
With Woods now 36, it's possible he's still evolving, reinventing himself, and that the dominating champion he once was will return.
But it's just as conceivable that, given injuries to his knee, Achilles and psyche, he'll have -- like other golfers -- good weeks and bad weeks until the end of his career.
What has been true of late is that there'...