Woods, 41, rode in the cart with Reed’s wife, Justine, and Spieth’s girlfriend, Annie Verret, with whom he exchanged high-fives after the match.
The spectators cried out his name — “Tiger! Tiger!” — more than they did Spieth’s or Reed’s. On the mend from his fourth back operation, Woods this week has returned to the golf stage for the first time since his May arrest, looking quite content in his supporting role.
Most people in the insular world of golf talk as if they cannot wait to see Woods, 41, return to competition.
“We’d love to see him back playing,” Brooks Koepka, the reigning United States Open champion, said of Woods, an assistant captain for the…