San Francisco : The low hooking iron that curled up near the flagstick on the fourth hole was reminiscent of something, sure. So, too, was the pair of iron shots that collectively traveled 498 yards on the next hole, setting up a 35-foot putt that slam dunked into the cup for rare back-to-back birdies on the toughest stretch of a very tough Olympic Club course.
We've seen it before, so many times that no matter what Tiger Woods does on a golf course, nothing totally surprises. Not the shots that hit fairway after fairway while his playing partners were hacking it out of the rough and into the trees, certainly not the 69 that Woods posted Thursday in the first round of the U.S. Open.
It sure seemed like the Tiger we once knew, with thousands cheering every shot as Woods methodically plotted his way around Olympic. Bubba Watson proclaimed it as much, and since he's the Masters champion and was playing with Woods, his opinion counts for something.