Even as the season heads toward a conclusion, Woods can't wait to get started.
"I'm excited to compete, to play,'' Woods said. "And hopefully, to win the tournament.''
That part about Woods hasn't changed.
It's everything else in the world of golf he once ruled that is so much different. Woods showed up at the Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio, at No. 28, his lowest world ranking since the start of his first full season on the PGA Tour. He has a new caddie - at least temporarily - in Bryon Bell, a childhood friend who now heads up a design business that is not getting much work these days with a downturn in the industry.