Divorce Done Him Good? Tiger Woods Acts Like Golfer Again

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With his failed marriage in the rearview mirror, the embattled Tiger embodied his top ranking on Thursday.

CBS News reports that Woods is on his way to a recovery, shooting a six-under 65 for a share of the opening-round lead at the Barclays. His performance comes hours after his divorce with Elin Nordegren was finalized, citing that process as a distraction from hitting the greens.

“And that’s always difficult,” Woods told Golf.com regarding the swarm of personal questions. “And especially when I’m trying to work on a few things, trying to find shots in order to get around the golf course, and to have to talk about other things.”

With legal closure to those other things, Woods had his best outing in 46 rounds. He currently sits at 112th in the FedEx Cup playoff standings, and will need to leapfrog into the top 100 to be eligible for play in the Deutsche Bank Championship on Labor Day Weekend.

“I figure if I win, I should be OK,” Woods told the AP.