Woods shoots 68, as he did in the first round of the 2010 Masters, his first tournament back since the onset of his career-interrupting scandal, and we were convinced. "He's back!"
Even on less-dramatic occasions, Woods has roped us in. An opening birdie, like the one he had Thursday in the first round of the Frys.com Open.
A six-footer for par.
A drive in the fairway.
Some might argue he just needs to string together a couple of good rounds, evidence of consistency that has been conspicuously absent the last couple of years. Others would say Woods won't be back until he wins. Still others will say it needs to be several wins, including majors. Or perhaps the best sign that Woods is back is merely a stretch in which he finds himself in contention even when he's not particularly playing well.
You've heard it before: when it comes to a player who famously won seven of 11 majors between the 1999 PGA Championship and the 2002 U.S. Open, the bar has been set at nosebleed heights. Yet even if Woods never returns to that level -- a fair assumption, by all accounts -- there is the possibility that he at least starts looking like Tiger Woods again.
So let's hear it. What's your definition of "back" for Woods? Respond in the comments section below or on our Golf Digest Facebook page.
-- Sam Weinman