When Will Tiger Woods Reclaim No. 1 Ranking?

Immer ChriswellCorrespondent IFebruary 16, 2012

PEBBLE BEACH, CA - FEBRUARY 12:  Tiger Woods reacts to his shot from a greenside bunker on the 12th hole during the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am at Pebble Beach Golf Links on February 12, 2012 in Pebble Beach, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Let's be serious—after watching how Tiger has performed in his first two tournaments, getting close then falling back, everyone's wondering when he will capitalize and win. But the more important question is—when will Tiger be the No. 1 player in the world again?

The answer to that is simple, but complex.

Tiger could be back at No. 1 within the next two months. 

However, what that will take is getting rid of what he has struggled with so far—putting, and Sunday. No matter how you put it, Tiger's putting is not consistent. He had two rounds under 30 putts, and two over 30 putts in the last tournament.

Let's just get this fact straight: no professional golfer should be over 30 putts every other round.

Here's where I give Tiger credit though. How many players ranked T62 out of a field of 69 players finish in the top 15?

Not too many.

Phil Mickelson was T14 with 27.8 putts per round, and did not have a single day with 30 putts or more.

If Tiger takes his putts to T14? He shoots -16.8. And take a wild guess if that .8 would round to a -17 for Tiger.

And then there's the Sunday factor. Tiger Woods' favorite day of a tournament.

Why? Because when Tiger makes it to Sunday—and in 275 tournaments he's made all but 18—he wins over one out of four times (71 victories to 257 cuts made). 

However, Tiger has not made Sunday his day. Instead, his last two Sundays have featured mediocre play, where the last three days that got Tiger to a share or close to a share of the lead don't even look like they existed.

So I know what you're asking, "When is this going to happen?" I can't give a time, but I'd say the next time Tiger wins a tournament could be the turnaround.

Tiger Woods has made a lot of progress with his swing. I'm honestly amazed at how under control his game seems to be.

However, without a hot putter or a clutch factor, Tiger could be looking at a situation where he may never get back to the top spot.

As a betting man, I would say Tiger is capable of making a full comeback, especially given his play. Just give it some time, and while you're at it enjoy the golf outside of the Tiger Drama as well.