by Jeff Skinner
Let this be an end to a popular debate that has been front and center in golf recently. Tiger Woods is back and he has the numbers to prove it.
With Woods’ eighth win at The Arnold Palmer Invitational he supplants his pal Rory McIlroy as the number one player in the Official World Golf Rankings. No one has spent more time at number one and the way Woods is playing lately he isn’t about to relinquish his familiar spot as the best golfer in the world.
What was billed as a Tiger vs. Rickie Fowler showdown turned out to be a relative walk in the park for Woods. Fowler took too long to find a birdie and then self-destructed with two balls in the water at sixteen and fell into a tie for third. Justin Rose who finished second, made a small run but he essentially lost his chance with a 39 on his Saturday back nine.
This win is Tiger’s 77th win on the PGA Tour and he trails all-time leader Sam Snead by five wins. With some luck he might just pass Slammin Sammy before this season is over.
Woods claimed his third win in 2013 and his sixth in twelve months and right now there is no golfer playing as good as Woods. He has three wins in five starts on tour and if he keeps winning at that pace he could win ten tournaments this season.
There is still one thing missing on his “Comeback Resume” and that’s a major championship. He last won a major at the 2008 U.S. Open but is heading into The Masters playing his best golf in five years. In two weeks he’ll be looking to slip on his fifth green jacket and finally put every question about “his comeback” to rest.