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Brent Kelley

Tiger Woods a Winner Again on PGA Tour

By March 25, 2012

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Tiger Woods is back in the winner's circle on the PGA Tour. Finally.

Woods won the 2012 Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday (view photos), pulling away from runner-up Graeme McDowell for a 5-stroke victory. It is Woods' first PGA Tour win - first win on any tour - in 2 1/2 years.

Woods' most recent PGA Tour victory entering the week was the 2009 BMW Championship; his last win on any tour was the 2009 Australian Masters; his last victory anywhere was the 2011 Chevron World Challenge, an unofficial event.

The victory also comes only two weeks after Woods withdrew from the WGC Cadillac Championship with soreness in his previously injured left Achilles tendon. That problem obviously didn't crop up again at the Palmer, where he looked like the Tiger of old: hitting great shots, making important putts. No question Woods had his best putting week in a very long time.

Is Woods about to dominate again? It sure looked like it at the Palmer - but how many wins Woods manages from this point forward will probably be determined as much by his health as his swing.

The fact that Woods won again after such a long drought is the major storyline, obviously. But the win was significant for Tiger in other ways. Such as:
  • It was his 72nd career victory. That puts him one way away from tying Jack Nicklaus on the all-time PGA Tour wins list.

  • It was his seventh victory in the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Needless to say, that's the most victories by anyone in the history of the Palmer. Only Sam Snead has won one tournament more times (Snead won the Greater Greensboro Open eight times). But Woods also has seven wins in a second event, the WGC Bridgestone Invitational.

What do you think: Will Woods be back to his dominant ways moving forward? Or will he have to win again before you'll be convinced? Masters week is only one week away now.

See also:
Tiger Woods' career wins
Golfers with most wins on PGA Tour
Golfers with most wins in the same tournament

Comments

March 29, 2012 at 10:32 am
(1) Keith says:

I believe that he will win more tournaments – including majors – if he stays healthy but won’t be as dominant as he once was. Hope I am wrong about him not being as dominant.

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