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Sunday, March 25, 2012

All is right with the Woods world?

Yes, world order has been restored...Tiger Woods has won a PGA golf tournament for the first time since that fateful Thanksgiving night in 2009.
It's tour win No. 72. Woods is now No. 6 in the world rankings. Kudos also goes to his caddie, Joe LaCava, a Newtown native who gets his first win on Woods' bag.
So here are the three most popular words in the golf lexicon right now: Tiger Is Back. You have heard it before as analysts thought it was coming at previous tournaments where Woods appeared on the leaderboard, but failed to get back into the winner's circle.
But now he has broken through and Woods is already the betting favorite at the Masters. All I have to say is...hold your horses, or in this case, your Tigers.
Woods may very well win the Masters, get close to No. 1, and everyone will start talking about how he will break Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 majors with ease after everyone was beginning to wonder if he would even tie it.
But we will never, ever see Woods dominate like he once did. There are too many good players right now who don't fear him like everyone he left in his wake in the previous decade. No matter what happens at Augusta, in my mind, Rory McIlroy is the world's No. 1 no matter what the rankings may end up saying.
Augusta is always Woods' best chance to win a major, but especially this year. The other three courses at the Grand Slam events have rarely, if ever, been used during Tiger's pro career.
So let's not get carried away yet, please. One week does not a season make. Not even for the second-greatest golfer to ever play the game.

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