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Is the Golf World Over Tiger Woods?

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COMMENTARY | I will not write about Tiger Woods, I will not write about Tiger Woods, I will not write about Tiger Woo…

Well, that didn't last long.

Tiger Woods hasn't won a PGA TOUR event since March 2012 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. But he still makes news every time he says or does anything. This is especially true when it's related to the sport he used to dominate. Though many have voiced their displeasure over the coverage and following he attracts, clamoring for someone else to take his place, the fact remains that golf has no greater superstar than Woods.

His latest public comments on the state of his game are certain to stir up some more controversy as he once again voiced to the media that he is close to contending on the PGA TOUR in 2012. To say that we've heard it before and that the rhetoric has grown tired would be an understatement.

The irony of all of it? Fans and critics alike still can't get enough of him.

Woods is one of the most polarizing figures in all of sports, largely due to his marital transgressions that came to light on a fateful night in November 2009. Prior to that, he was almost universally loved as a living legend and an icon. Even his often distant personality was easily overlooked. Tiger didn't have to be a nice guy -- he was golf's champion.

Presently, his game has been as volatile as the public's opinion of the former world No.1. His game has been like a reality television show, displaying stretches of calmness, control, and peacefulness followed by complete disarray within weeks of each incredible episode.

Somehow through it all, he has remained steadfast in his confidence and self-belief.

"I think I'm headed in the right direction," he told the media at Congressional Country Club, where he was promoting the AT&T National, an event he hosts annually. "I'm going to continue to try to improve in incremental steps in every facet of my game and try to make every facet of my game more efficient."

Love him or hate him, he's newsworthy as long as he's swinging a club and competing against the world's best. Of course, fans and critics are tired of hearing how close he is without any substance to his game. But because of parity in golf and on the PGA TOUR, the circumstances can change in a very short amount of time.

It's why the PGA TOUR is fun to follow and why Tiger Woods is still golf's greatest draw.

Michael C. Jones is a Yahoo! Featured Contributor in Sports and PGA professional, covering the PGA TOUR. He has written for southern California's Press-Enterprise and Examiner.com. Follow Michael on Twitter @MikeJonesTweets.

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