Tiger spoke very little to "friends" from Nov. 2009 until the 2010 Masters. He kinda placed himself into a cacoon and then there were the months he was at the rehab facility. Many of his friends tried to reach out to him during that time. Wise choice??......that's for Tiger to know and decide. If it were me, I probably would have done the same thing. Perhaps it's a Capricorn thing......we are mighty private folks, ya' know!!
However, if my memory serves me right....didn't Mark & Tiger have dinner together at the Master's??? Apparently their relationship hadn't completely been severed. Both are busy.....no longer live in the same neighborhood, and Mark is newly remarried.
and to comment on your Mark asseessment of Rory at 19 hitting better than Tiger at that age.....well.....I've heard Tiger state the same thing. To paraphrase: I'm amazed at the fitness and strength many of the younger tour members exhibit. Far more advanced than I was at that age.
He's respectful of all golfers on tour and you'll often hear him praise the round of someone.....Rory, Gmac, Westwood, Donald.....whoever!!!