Six months without Tiger Woods? For golf fans, that's an eternity (

The last time we heard directly from Tiger Woods was a half-year ago, during the CBS broadcast of the Genesis Invitational, aka the L.A. Open, the venerable Tour stop at the Riviera Country Club. As it happens, Riviera is one of the few landmark Tour courses where Woods has not won.

When Tiger last spoke in public, it was on a Sunday afternoon but Woods, a month removed from his most recent back surgery, his fifth, wasn’t wearing his customary red Sunday shirt. He wears red on game-day Sundays. On this Sunday, he was a spectator and host and he was dressed in black. 

On a still, sunny Los Angeles afternoon, Woods was wearing a black hat, a black or dark shirt and a black vest. He had, courtesy of CBS, a black headset on his ears, and a little black microphone suspended in front of his mouth, carefully placed to get his words out to the world. With Tiger, every word counts.

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