He was zipping along The Gallery during a practice round Monday, his first look at a new course for the Accenture Match Play Championship where he will try to win his eighth consecutive PGA Tour event.
Some people will argue it's not really a winning streak, because Woods has failed to win four times overseas.
So it was only fitting that he caught up to Shaun Micheel on the second green.
"Do you think I should wish him luck this week?" said Tony Lingard, the caddie for Micheel.
The streak in its purest form ended Sept. 14 on a gray afternoon in the English countryside when Micheel, the last seed in the 16-man field of the HSBC World Match Play Championship, pulled off a stunner and beat Woods, 4 and 3.
That never came up during the next 16 holes of a course that stretches some 3 miles out into the desert and eventually winds back through cactus and shrub toward the clubhouse.
It's a new course for all 64 players in the field after the World Golf Championship event left soggy La Costa Resort north of San Diego.
It is rare for Woods to show up on Monday, but he knew nothing about the course, and didn't learn much except to notice it was green, brown and white with some marvelous vistas of the valley below.