Whether he is standing on one leg with various body parts starting to fail him, or in the midst of a full-blown sex scandal, something about the Masters brings the best out of the 15-time major champion.
Woods arrived in Georgia this year with zero form, having tumbled to 33 in the world in the wake of his extraordinary, redemptive fifth victory here last year, which ended an 11-year wait for his 15th major.
His back has been giving him grief. Again. So much so Jack Nicklaus reported before play began yesterday that when he last caught up with Woods six weeks ago, “he could hardly walk his back was killing him so much”.
Yet here he is, stalking Augusta’s fairways like it was 1997. A bogey-free opening round of 68 – a career-best opening round at the Masters, and one which he looked like he actually enjoyed for a change – putting him among the early front-runners.
The big question is: will his back hold up?