Tiger Woods is back in the spotlight as the star arrives to play in the US PGA Championship.

Tiger Woods arrived at Southern Hills on Sunday and after all the negativity from defending champion Phil Mickelson’s withdrawal, there is suddenly a very positive light on the 104th US PGA Championship.

While Mickelson withdrew on Friday, continuing a three-month competitive absence amid controversy over his participation in the Saudi breakaway tour, Woods has been enjoying a very uncharted time out of the spotlight.

But now the focus is on the 46-year-old. Unless Woods is in Oklahoma to watch the wind sweep across the plain, he’s there to prepare for his extraordinary comeback in Augusta.

With no competitive appearance in 17 months after a car accident in which he nearly lost his right leg, Woods incredibly made the cut before finishing in the top 50.

And despite the doubts he expressed immediately afterward that his body wouldn’t recover in time for Tulsa, once again, Woods is clearly exceeding expectations.

Woods signaled his desire to play the course where he won the most recent of his four Wanamaker Trophies, in 2007, when he played a practice round at Southern Hills two weeks ago. His playing partner that day, Southern Hills head pro Cary Cozby, was certainly impressed.

“Everything is so smooth with him now. His pace is great, he hit straight and pretty far, he threw and kicked really well,” Cozby said.

“I know the guys can get over him now, but watching him work was incredible. He’s very meticulous, detailed and immersed in what he’s doing. He was very inquisitive on the lines and the best angles.”

“I think he can compete. He’s like Michael Jordan at the end of his career, playing defense and taking jump shots. Whoever wins here will have to be a great chipper and he still is.”

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