Tiger Woods is officially 'back', and so is the PGA TOUR.
For the first time in over two and a half years, Tiger Woods has won an official event on the PGA TOUR. It is the first time since then that gives his fans and critics reason to believe he has a shot at another major championship victory.
By the numbers, Sunday March 25 had been 924 days since his last PGA TOUR victory, 108 official tournaments played without a Woods win, and 72 different winners on the TOUR since his last victory at the 2009 BMW Championship. It marks the seventh time he has won at Bay Hill - tying his own record for most victories at a single event.
More importantly, it is a win for the PGA TOUR, which is certain to get a shot of life after having its most popular player in history and a living legend back and winning once again after suffering the worst drought of his career. Not only did Woods win, but he did so convincingly, further cementing his return to prominence with a five-shot victory.
Throughout Sunday's round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Woods showed exactly why he was once considered the best player in the world and why he still is perhaps the most talented player in the game's history. He had complete control of his ball flight and managed to overcome windy conditions, lighting-fast greens, and tightly tucked pins en route to a final round, 2-under 70.
After the event, Woods said regarding the win, "It does feel good -- it feels really good. It's been a lot of hard work. The conditions were rough. Arnie took it to us today -- he put some pretty good pins out there for us."
His body language said more, however, and the implications of this victory are major. As he strolled up the 18th hole, knowing victory was all but his, he smiled and walked with the energy of a man who had the weight of the world lifted off his shoulders.
For all intents and purposes, Tiger is 'back', and the opportunity to follow up with a win at Augusta National at The 2012 Masters in April will put him right back in the hunt to chase Jack Nicklaus' record 18 major championships.
It also puts him in position to take the golf world by storm -- again.
Michael C. Jones is a Yahoo! Featured Contributor in Sports and PGA professional and follows all developments on the PGA TOUR.
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