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After winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational for the eighth time in his career, Tiger Woods is golf's number one yet again.

Posted on 3/26/2013

He's already matched his win total from his entire year last year - it's only three months into a twelve-month season. And he's dating again too.

Missing a long — and we do mean long — putt on the 18th green might have made Tiger Woods wince and curse in the past.

But on Monday, as he finished up his victory in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, this Tiger Woods just smiled and jokingly bit his putter after a 73-foot attempt just barely missed the cup. Who is this new guy? The simple answer is that this Tiger Woods had just won for the third time in 2013, putting him back atop the world rankings for the first time in 29 months and moving him within five wins of tying Sam Snead’s PGA Tour record of 82.

But there are other contributing factors, too. Woods wasn’t going to say that it has anything to do with being in a relationship with skier Lindsey Vonn, but he sounded happy when he spoke of taking a few days off and getting away.

He would, however, talk about his golf game. He has droned on so about reworking his game and recovering from injuries that it was easy to tune out the talk about his process. “You’ve got to be able to do it at home first, that’s where it all starts,” he said. “Then it feeds into coming out here and doing it on a Thursday, Friday and maybe a Saturday afternoon and then ultimately down the stretch on Sunday.

“Then, you’ve got to do it at a major championship. That process has been evolving and you can see the steppingstones. You can see it throughout my career when I’ve made changes . . . the incremental progress that I’ve made. Then eventually I get to a point where I start winning golf tournaments.”

He’s won six of them over the last 53 weeks and believes in himself and in his game. Now healthy, he’s winning — and winning decisively, just the way he used to.

Life seems better when Tiger is winning golf tournaments.



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