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Bye, bye, birdie No. 3.

An Open question

OK, OK, OK. So it was a great shot already.

(Actually, I'm guessing that when they do a retrospective on Tiger Woods' career 50 years from now, that flop shot on 16 yesterday, out of maximum security jail, will be the signature shot of his career. The thing came express mail from Lourdes, is what it did. Even Jack Nicklaus himself said so).

Anyway .... it was a great shot, a miracle shot, and it won Tiger Woods' the Memorial. But does it make him the odds-on favorite to win the U.S. Open?

Not in this locale.

I don't know who the favorite is, but one shot does not mean Tiger Woods is back, whatever that means anymore. It means he jumped in the Wayback Machine and pulled a one-in-a-million shot out of the 2005 Tiger Woods Collection, but it doesn't necessarily mean he's going to blow everyone's doors off in the U.S. Open in a couple of weeks.

After all, we heard this talk after he won Bay Hill, and then he played the Masters and most of the months of April and May like he was using gardening implements. So who knows if this is Tiger Woods Is Back or just Tiger Woods Hit An Awesome Shot And Then Went Back To Being Tiger Woods.

Which, realistically, is about the seventh or eighth best player in the world at the moment.

In other words: Let's hold off before we hand the man the trophy.

Ben Smith's blog.