Tiger Woods' last trip to northwest England for the British Open ended in a two-shot win at Royal Liverpool.
That was six years ago, and it seems even longer.
It was his first major after the death of his father, and he sobbed on the shoulder of his caddie and his wife, both of whom are no longer with him. There was no discussion about No. 1 in the world because Woods' point average was nearly double that of Phil Mickelson.
Now it's a matter of getting back.
The good news for Woods is that the British Open is the first major since the 2011 Masters that he has a mathematical chance to return to No. 1 in the world. At this time a year ago, he was at No. 19 in the world, at home in Florida letting his leg injuries heal.
Only it's not that simple. Woods now has gone four years since winning his last major, and he conceded Tuesday that they are not getting any easier to win. Fifteen players have won the last 15 majors, the longest stretch without a multiple winner since 1993 to 1998...