CBS News correspondent Jeff Glor reported it was the Tiger Woods we hadn't seen all year. Still the game's top-ranked player despite his recent struggles, Woods had his best round of the season Thursday.
Woods said at the event, "It's exciting to hit the ball flush again. That's something that I've been missing all year."
Woods has been struggling since revelations about extramarital affairs nearly a year ago, losing nine straight tournaments, the worst streak of his career. During divorce negotiations -- he tied for 78th place at the Bridgestone National -- another career low.
Woods acknowledged his personal life was affecting his play. Now, it may not be.
He finished with a tournament lead after a round at the Barclays for the first time since last September's PGA Championship.
But Tiger hasn't won anything yet -- there are three more rounds to go.
On "The Early Show" Friday, sports psychiatrist Dr. Michael Lardon shared his thoughts on Woods' play on Thursday. Lardon has worked with golf professionals on the PGA tour and elite athletes in other sports for almost 20 years. He is also the author of the book, "Finding Your Zone."
Lardon said he's not surprised to see Woods coming back.
"It's nice to see Tiger playing well," Lardon said. "There's a reason he's the best player in the world and has a record that's unprecedented."
Lardon said Woods' vulnerability isn't in being daunted by other players, but rather, by what affects his personal life.
"He's human, like everybody else," Lardon said. "We tell people, after they go through a divorce, you know, it's always nine months to a year that it will be really hard. Here we are at the nine-month mark. He's just closed his divorce. So, I think it sort of makes sense he's finding his game now."
He continued, "Even more than his mental game, what makes the greatest athletes great is more than their physical, their mental, but really that spirit piece. You know, how Tiger always makes that clutch putt speaks to this issue of what goes on in his heart. So, when his heart is wounded, he's more human."
Lardon said if he were advising Woods, he would tell him to take care of his personal life.
"Get your life in balance," Lardon said. "You know, your talent in golf will come through."
Woods has said he's confident he'll pass Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major titles. Lardon said it's likely Tiger will do that, "assuming he gets his life on course and takes care of his personal life."
Lardon added, "Hopefully he's learned a lesson. It's sad what's happened to Tiger and even sadder, of course, as to what's happened to his family. But keeping that personal life instead is part of becoming a great athlete and having a great career."