Tiger Woods regains world's No. 1 ranking
Ever since his personal struggles derailed his golf game in 2009, the question has been asked whether Tiger Woods was officially back. The 14-time major winner certainly answered those questions with a resounding "yes" on Monday. Woods won the Arnold Palmer Invitational for the eighth time in his career, and the victory catapulted him back to No. 1 in the World Golf Ranking for the first time in more than two years, The Associated Press reports.
The win was Woods' third of the season, and, at 37-years-old, he is playing some his best golf in years. At the Arnold Palmer Invitational, he was near the top of the leader board throughout much to the tournament, and by the time the final round rolled around, no players offered a substantial challenge to his two-shot lead. His victory came two weeks after he won the WGC-Cadillac Championship, an event he led from start to finish. So how has he completed the impressive turnaround?
"It's a byproduct of hard work, patience and getting back to winning golf tournaments," Woods told the AP.
While he's winning tournaments again - bringing his career total to 77 - his comeback won't be totally complete until he's wins another major. He still needs four more to tie Jack Nicklaus for the all-time record, and his next chance will be at this year's Masters, which is scheduled to tee off April 11.