DUBLIN, Ohio -- Granted, you have to take the comment with a grain of salt, given the source's recent history.
After playing nine holes with Tiger Woods on Wednesday, Jim Furyk said he felt the catcalls about the state of the world No. 1's game had been greatly exaggerated. Then again, Furyk is the guy who shot 80-76 to miss the cut by seven miles at the Masters, then won his next start.
Woods, playing against Furyk and three others in one of two fivesomes at the Memorial Skins Game, won six of nine skins in the nine-hole outing and started the round with four consecutive 3s, including an eagle on the second hole. In his last official action, Woods missed the cut and withdrew in his last two starts and has struggled mightily to balance his professional and personal lives.
"It looked good in spots," Furyk said of Woods' game. "I never thought he was all that much trouble. I was wondering what the heck you guys were worrying about."
Furyk was asked if the worst for Woods might finally be behind him.
"I don't know," Furyk said. "I'm not a mind-reader and I don't have a crystal ball. But it's just a matter of time before he's back."
Fivesome member Rory McIlroy had never before played with Woods before Wednesday, even in practice. He thought Woods -- off the last three weeks with a neck strain -- looked solid, too.
"He was ready to go," said McIlroy, who won in Charlotte the week Woods missed the cut. "He's looking pretty good."