If so, he would have seen Greg Norman on “CBS This Morning.”
He may even combined his eyes.
To say the two have strained relations would not be accurate because the two people have a relationship in order for it to be strained.
The two – both confirmed stubborn alpha male – is not relevant to speak of.
The backstory is not too convoluted: Norman always expected to be Woods’ teacher, but Woods, who things his way, was not in the market for one.
There are other factors – Norman was not happy when he was No. 1, his coach, Butch Harmon, Woods teenage doted on – but the point is that over the years they have not only failed to mend their fences, they’ve put up new ones.
And so it is not a surprise that Shark repeatedly to CBS what he told me last September: that Woods is losing the intimidation factor he once held over its rivals.
Norman’s rationale then was that, for the first time in his career, Woods did not play well in two of last year’s FedEx Cup playoff event but still lost a wonderful Rory McIlroy, who would also wins second major by eight of the shots.
Woods, remember, used to win his B game. Suddenly, he has lost with what, at the time, something like a game.
Norman went down that road again on Thursday, stopping first question that all prophecy sports world: Will Tiger eclipse Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 majors?
“I think the more time goes by with him not to do it, the harder it is going to be,” said Norman.
“The reason why: He was losing his intimidation factor.
“One of the greatest assets you can have a great player that threat, whether it’s golf or tennis court or basketball. And now he has lost some edge because the younger players beat her.
“The older he gets, the younger younger players get.”
And while there is truth in the fact that Father Time will not be Tiger’s friend, it is true, too, that Woods is so far the best player in the world.
Despite his failings in the majors, it says so in the world rankings.
And he proves it again with an exasperatingly long, rain-interrupted opening day at The Barclays.
“I’m really tired,” said Woods.
He was in excellent physical shape and rarely made worn by golf, but it was a long day at Liberty National.
“I got up at 4 this morning,” he said. “And I think it took us, from start to finish, just under 11 hours for the day … long day.”
Woods, to be sure, was not at his best throughout the day – he got me going to three straight birdies on his first nine before the second storm stopped play – but what is important is that he shot a 4-under -par round of 67.
He remained very much in touch.
“I’m only three behind,” he said, referring to the early leader Kevin Stadler’s 64.
It will not be easy, too, because his neck and back – bothering him after a bad night’s sleep on Wednesday – did not react well in Tuesday’s stoppages.
“The back is tough going out on the third restart,” he said.
But he kept his cards clean – thank you for making some 4 – and 5-footer for par – and knew he shot 67 despite failing to capitalize on opportunities.
“I did not play the par 5s well,” he said.
He made par on each – missing a 4-footer on one – but two of them are birdie, if not eagle, hole.
Friday, he acknowledged, will be his midnight because he’ll play only a small number of holes late in the afternoon because of the backup.
“Saturday will be a very long day,” he said.
“We’re going to get maybe 27-plus (holes) is probably what is going to end up being.”
I asked him if he had given up for the disappointment of PGA at Oak Hill, where he let another chance at a 15th major slide by.
“We have four playoff events, I have the Presidents Cup, I have an event in another country and I have my event (World Challenge in Southern California), so I have lots of golf to play,” he said .
“It’s not that hard to get up for.”
And can along the way, who knows, he might regain a bit of intimidation factor.