Glimpses. That's what Tiger Woods gives us. He toys with us at times, coming out on a random day in Australia, posts an absolutely glorious 6-under 65 just so we know, "Yep, I'm still not dead."
I wrote on Saturday that Tiger would probably do this. He'd probably close strong in Australia just so we all wouldn't forget him before his competitive season ends. Starting on a hole he had birdied the first two days, Tiger made a bogey, and added another bogey on the eighth, before he turned his game to another notch. He turned in an even-par 35, making it seem like it would be another forgettable Woods round to add to this long season, but he did something we were used to in the past, not so much anymore: He turned. it. on.
Tiger closed with two birdies and two eagles, posting a 6-under 30 on his final nine holes in Australia to move to fourth place, a respectable finish for Woods this season (I say that because a year ago, a fourth-place finish would be means for red lights and sirens, but at this point is a step in the right direction for Tiger).
What can we take from this? Nothing, really. He played well in one round to finish high enough in a watered-down event that was so B Team to the Singapore Open that Adam Scott, an Australian, decided to play in Singapore instead of his home country.
But, still, it's progress, and Tiger will again let the media know in his next press conference that he really feels he's going in the right direction, or whatever else cliche phrase he feels like pulling out that day.
Tiger Woods. Sixty-five. Australian Masters. Hey, it's something!