Tiger Woods is still the king newsmaker when it comes to golf so you knew Wright Thompson's feature on where Woods has been and where he's going would dominate the news cycle. If you haven't read it yet, you should. If you don't have time, here are 11 things we learned about Woods from Thompson.

1. He is a massive nerd. We sort of already knew this, but Thompson goes into extreme detail about just how deep Woods' nerd-ness runs.

He loves the Transformers and comic-book heroes; in the past, he's checked into hotels under the name Logan Howlett, which is Wolverine's human name in X-Men. When he booked his free-diving lessons in Grand Cayman, instructor Kirk Krack recalled, he reserved his spot under the name Eric Cartman.

2. The military fascination was real and agent Mark Steinberg tried to intervene. Hank Haney always said Woods' obsession with the military (and specifically the Navy SEALS) was unhealthy and strange. People wrote that off because they thought Haney was the jilted ex spewing opinion. No more.

This all must have seemed insane to someone who just wanted to manage a great athlete: secret trips to military facilities, running around a golf course in combat boots, shooting guns, taking punches. That night after dinner, Steinberg took Tiger into his downstairs office, a room in his finished basement. What they talked about remains private. But this was the moment when Tiger could have connected the dots and seen how out of control things had become.

It did not last. Woods did not stop with the training missions. 

3. Tiger doesn't care that much about Jack's record. I know it is super shocking that the general public would be more obsessed with the life of celebrity and all it entails than the actual person living that life. But it's true. 

To many people inside Tiger's circle, Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 majors wasn't as important to Tiger as it was to the golfing media and fans. He never mentioned it. Multiple people who've spent significant amounts of time with him say that. When Tiger did talk about it, someone else usually brought it up and he merely responded.

4. Tiger was into physics. Maybe Bryson DeChambeau is on to something. 

The topic fascinated Woods. He'd long struggled to sleep, and when he wasn't texting or playing video games, he'd read, often military books about lone men facing impossible odds, such as Roberts Ridge or Lone Survivor, or books about theoretical physics and cosmology. The intro to Get a Grip laid out the basic rules of early science, from Newton and Galileo, focused on the concepts of friction and gravity. These had long interested him.

5. His dad cheated on his mom, and Tiger was not a fan. Again, not exactly a deep secret here, but this laid the foundation for the future.

Tiger hated that his dad cheated on his mom and cried to his high school girlfriend about it. His parents never divorced but moved into their own houses, and the only reason they still needed to communicate at all was their son's rising golf career; like many overachieving kids in a broken home, Tiger found early on that his talent could help create the family he wanted.

6. He was still a freak on the course. In many ways, Woods continuing to win golf tournaments while he was secretly traipsing the country on Kill House missions with the SEALS is the most remarkable thing about Woods' career and life.

Here's Thompson's story about when a SEAL bet him an autograph he could out-drive Woods.

Both [SEAL Ben] Marshall and [John] Brown confirmed what happened next: Tiger grinned and agreed. Some other guys gathered around a raised area overlooking the shooting range. Marshall went first and hit a solid drive, around 260 or 270 yards. Tiger looked at him and teed up a ball, gripping the TaylorMade driver. Then he got down on his knees. He swung the club like a baseball bat and crushed one out past Marshall's drive. Tiger started laughing, and then all the SEALs started laughing, and eventually Marshall was laughing too.

7. He couldn't talk to girls. He's the richest (and probably most famous) athlete in history. Zero clue how to talk to women

8. He's probably really tired of being Tiger Woods. This quote, of all the quotes, was incredibly revealing. "It was very, very serious," a friend told ESPN about Woods quitting golf to join the Navy. "If he had had a hot two years and broken the record, he would have hung up his clubs and enlisted. No doubt."

Jordan stressed that as well

9. No really, the Navy SEALS thing was real. I just cannot get over it. Can you imagine Jason Day or Jordan Spieth doing this?

At one point, [SEAL Ben] Marshall put him through a combat stress shooting course, making him carry a 30-pound ammunition box, do overhead presses with it, do pushups and run up a hill, with shooting mixed in. Tiger struggled with slowing his heart rate down enough to hit the targets, but he attacked the course. "He went all out," Marshall said. "He just f---ing went all out."

10. Woods probably tore his ACL two different ways. Again, not new news here, but the conclusion Thompson came to is reasonable and seems realistic. 

On July 22, he finished tied for 12th at the Open Championship, and then came home. In the weeks afterward, he'd announce that he'd ruptured his left ACL while jogging in Isleworth. His news release did not mention whether he'd been running in sneakers or combat boots. At the time, he chose to skip surgery and keep playing. Tiger's account might be true, as might the scenario laid out in Haney's book: that he tore the ACL in the Kill House with SEALs. Most likely, they're both right.

11. Tiger's story, like most, is about fathers and sons. I can think of no more capable hands to craft a father-son tale like Tiger and Earl Woods than Thompson's. Woods' story is not that much different than yours or mine even if the parts surrounding it are glitzy and glamorous. His tale is one of the human condition. As it stands right now, it's a sad (but tried and true) story of not being able to find what in the world he's looking for. 

Tiger Woods. (USATSI)
Being Tiger Woods. (USATSI)