Three years after his highly publicized fall from grace, the Tiger is roaring again.
Tiger Woods is now once again the number one ranked golfer in the world, completing his return to form following the incident that cost him his marriage, sponsors and even his golf magic.
Woods has not held the title of top-ranked golfer in the world since October 2010, but his latest win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational puts him back on top of the ladder.
Following his win, Woods said all the hard work has paid off.
“It feels good to have won this event, this event means so much to me over the years,” Woods said.
Sportsnet golf analyst Ian Leggat says he’s not surprised Woods made it back to the number-one spot.
“I think as soon as he got over the injuries and the embarrassment of all the craziness that went on his life the last few years, I think there’s no doubt about it and every other player on the PGA tour knows, there’s no more talented player that’s every played the game of golf,” Leggat said.
Leggat also says, despite the win, Woods has bigger things on his mind.
“For him I really think it’s more than anything just another win, when he got into this game as a professional his goal was to win more majors than Jack Nicklaus, so I don’t think he’s going to see real satisfaction until he wins another one,” Leggat said.
The win that put Tiger back on top was his eighth win at the Palmer Invitational, tying a PGA Tour record.
Immediately following the victory, Nike was quick to post a new ad on its Facebook page. The photo of Tiger has a caption saying: “Winning takes care of everything.”
Depending on how you choose to interpret the advertisement, it may suggest that the return to number one erases the memory of the last few years and Tiger’s infidelity.
Next up for the now number-one golfer in the world, the Masters Tournament.