The Tiger Woods major watch, stagnant for so long that it had nearly been abandoned, is back on and Jack Nicklaus might yet be proved correct.
Jack Nicklaus has always believed a healthy Tiger Woods would equal or surpass his record of 18 major championships, even if he was joking when he said the prospect had him "shaking in his boots".
"To not only be able to play again, but to be able to win again, is something I will forever be grateful for".
"The win at East Lake was a big confidence booster for me because I had come close a year ago a couple times, still had to get it across the finish line and didn't quite do it".
"I didn't do it at Tampa".
The Open champion responded with a birdie at the next and was part of a five-way tie at the top of the leaderboard until he again found the water with his approach to the par-five 15th to card another double bogey, eventually settling for a share of fifth place.
'Next year it won't be a course where I have never played well before, I'll have a few good rounds under my belt. It's obviously the hottest 30 guys for the year.
"I am so happy for him and for the game of golf".
But despite the spectacular return to form, Woods will not alter his playing schedule this year. A number of heyday partners such as AT&T, Gillette and Tag Heuer left Woods as he suffered image issues related to his marriage infidelity, substance abuse and injury. "When I said how much I was looking to bet, it just kind of was laughable". As it was, the 7.7 rating was still the best for any round of golf since last year's final round in Augusta, Ga.
"The playing schedule doesn't change".
When the back nine started the punter was probably sweating a little bit, with Woods two shots behind Francesco Molinari and the Italian not looking in any danger of slipping up.