LA JOLLA, Calif. — Early Sunday morning, the tide swelled high along the bluffs at Torrey Pines and a sea of people swept toward the 10th hole of the South Course, drawn by one man’s gravitational pull.
It had been like this all week at the tournament-within-a-tournament otherwise known as the 2018 Farmers Insurance Open.
A sporting event was playing out, wrapped around the spectacle of Tiger Woods.
One year removed from his last official PGA Tour start, Woods had returned to triumphal grounds (eight wins here as a professional, including the 2008 U.S. Open) with a new swing, a new mindset and a newly repaired spine but surrounded by the same-old frenzied anticipation.
Forget the short-game struggles, the surgeries, the scandal. An unparalleled golf talent was pegging it again.
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