Tiger Woods becoming team player is transformation no one saw coming

Tiger Woods was not raised to be a team player. His parents long ago armed him with a driver and a putter and sent him out on a seek-and-destroy mission

Woods did not make friends in the locker room, and did not make small talk with opponents, and did not make eye contact with the fans

For the majority of his career, Woods was as self-centered a superstar as you could find, and that's saying a lot.

He was hell-bent on breaking as many records as possible, and he didn’t much care who got hurt in the process.

Woods tries to defy the odds and his broken 46-year-old body and win the British Open at St. Andrews

the fact that he has morphed into The Great Defender of the PGA Tour might come as a shock to those who follow the game.

The late, great Ben Hogan once said of the pursuit of perfection in a maddeningly imperfect game: “The secret is in the dirt.

Humbled by his failures and flaws and grounded by fatherhood, Woods became more relatable to the galleries and more accessible to his peers.

The young Tiger forged tour friendships with those who weren’t serious threats to his reign, including the aging likes of Mark O’Meara and John Cook.

The old Tiger is comfortable assuming the role of big brother to some of the world’s best players, including Justin Thomas