Despite the intermittent shouts to the contrary, Tiger Woods may never fully be BACK. Nevertheless, he certainly showed on Sunday that the "Old Tiger" isn't gone forever, replaced merely by an older Tiger.
The fabled "Old Tiger" made an appearance at a key moment during the final round of the Memorial when he trailed tournament leader Rory Sabbatini by stroke. After Woods' tee shot on the 16th hole landed in the rough 50 feet away from the cup, he brashly went for the jugular instead of playing to guarantee par. The result was a stunning chip shot to pull even with Sabbatini heading into the final two holes.
"It was really, really unbelievable, particularly because of the position he was in," Jack Nicklaus told Jim Nantz of CBS moments later. "He hits it short the tournament is over. He hits it long the tournament is over. He put it in the hole. Unbelievable."
Looking at Tiger's career, however, this shot is totally believable. He's made jaw-dropping chip shots before, most notably in the 2005 Masters. He's made hole-in-ones. He's even put together enough superlative shots to turn single rounds into highlight reels (see: 2008 U.S. Open Third Round).
Where does this shot rank among his all-time greatest hits?
1996 U.S. Bank Championship
2008 Bay Hill Invitational
2000 Bell Canadian Open / 2000 U.S. Open
1997 Phoenix Open
2008 U.S. Open Third Round
2005 Masters Tournament
2001 Players Championship
2011 Masters Tournament
2008 U.S. Open Final Round
2012 Memorial Tournament