Woods in full-flow after sinking another putt
There's no other way to put it.
Tiger's victory last week is a sign of clear intent that he's back and ready to put everything he has into regaining his spot as the world's best golfer.
As a result of his win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, he moved 12 places up the rankings to No. 6 and for the first time in over a year, he's ranked in the top 10.
When I was doing my research, I came across a startling fact to illustrate exactly how dominating Woods has been since turning professional.
He first became the best golfer in the world on June 15, 1997, and he hasn't really been touched since.
Only eight other men have been top of the world since Tiger turned pro—Ernie Els, Greg Norman, David Duval, Vijay Singh, Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer, Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald.
That's an elite list. Tiger also holds the record-longest reign at the top of the PGA rankings. He was ranked the best golfer in the world between June 2005 and October 2010. That's a frightening show of dominance.
It's not just being top of the world rankings that's impressive. It's his dominance of Major Championships.
When you consider that he was only 21 when he won his first Major and he won his last one aged 32, he's still got another 6-7 years to smash Jack Nicklaus' record of 18.
Tiger tends to go through fits and starts when it comes to Majors. He won two between 1997 and 1999, then he won the Grand Slam during the 2000-2001 season.
After winning the Masters in 2001, he only won another two Majors in the next three years. Then, between 2005 and 2008, he won six of the 12 Majors that were played. It's an incredible feat.
This is an absolutely critical time in Tiger's career. If he can come back and not only challenge the best young golfers in the world, but beat them, then Tiger could easily be the world's No. 1 golfer again before next year's US Masters.
I think that Tiger will thrive by playing with and against these guys, given how consistent they've been since Tiger dropped the ball.
It'll be interesting to watch, that's for sure!