A couple of interesting perspectives from UK writers on Tiger filed a week after the Masters, starting with Mark Reason on the status of Tiger's aura.
When Lee Westwood, quite accurately, told Telegraph Sport that he thought he was the best golfer in the world right now, you knew the landscape had shifted. A couple of years ago that sort of claim just wasn't worth the effort. Tiger's media groupies would bury you under a ton of newsprint.
Remember what happened to Ian Poulter after he said that when he reached his potential "it will just be me and Tiger". Poulter was ridiculed in a rather juvenile and at times spiteful way. But the times they are a-changing and the world is now staring Tiger down.
Lawrence Donegan suggests that Peter Kostis still shows Tiger respect but after Sunday's interview, Tiger isn't returning it when he couldn't even answer the question about his next tournament appearance.
In the real world, no one should really care too much about the minutiae of Woods's tournament schedule but there is a broader question of authenticity at stake. If the golfer cannot give a straightforward answer to a simple question about his future plans, then why should anyone be inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt when he seeks to portray himself as a re-affirmed Buddhist, a born‑again former club thrower, a reformed swearer or, to use his own formulation, a better husband, a better father, a better man? Likewise, what is to stop people thinking he will say anything he needs to say in order to convince future sponsors he is, as he so eloquently put it, "a worthy investment"?