For the second major in a row, the reports of the resurrection of the forest proved somewhat exaggerated. But it was impossible to resist exploiting the exaggeration when the great icon of golf launched his attack, which at times seemed irresistible.
In the end, however, the dream collapsed – into a ravine on the 17thth Loch, to be precise, where he hit his run when a birdie was an absolute must. And so he had to settle for a podium finish, but that's no shame, considering where he's from.
If anyone was in doubt that the 42-year-old came back to power after his sixth place at the Open three weeks ago, then that has killed that conversation. Certainly the city of St. Louis will never forget the excitement it brought with it. These good Missouri athletes had waited 17 years to see this living, swinging legend.
At the WGC American Express Championship in 2001, the event was canceled on Wednesday after the terrorists had flown these aircraft into the World Trade Center. And seven years later Woods missed the BMW Championship because of knee surgery. Woods was finally here and it is fair to say that the Sunday roar outside the Ryder Cup was never louder.