US Open Golf 2012: Victory at Major Would Mark Tiger Wood's Return

Justin Welton@JustinWeltonAnalyst IIJune 16, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 15:  Tiger Woods of the United States walks across the 15th green during the second round of the 112th U.S. Open at The Olympic Club on June 15, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
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Tiger Woods is back.

How many times have we heard that recently? Any time he plays well, he's back from being plain average. 

But if Woods can gather another US Open title, another major championship, I'll be the next person to utter those overly used words.

It would be true, however. Tiger Woods would be back. 

We have seen a number of tournament victories over the course of his return to the game, but one thing is missing—a major championship. If he could capture his first major since returning, the floodgates and the career major championship record would come down.

His confidence would be back. His stroke, belief in putter and tee-shot would be back on form. More importantly, his mindset would be where it needs to be to compete at a high level. 

Woods' chances of winning another major title hinge on Saturday's performance. Staying in contention close to the final pairing is paramount for Woods' success. 

Woods' mystique and prestige may be different than it used to be, but golfers still don't want to compete against Tiger on Sunday when he's in contention.

They will hear the roars, feel the excitement and experience the pressure cranked to an all-time high.

How great would a Tiger victory be for the game of golf?

The sport is that much better when Woods is on top of the world and that's where he will be if he can pull off another US Open victory.

Golf needs a Tiger victory just as much as Tiger needs it. 

We'll find out if he's capable of winning another major on Sunday. I have a sneaky feeling that he's up for the challenge.