Tiger Woods: Win at British Open 2012 Would Prove the Old Tiger Is Back

Michael GuadalupeFeatured ColumnistJuly 20, 2012

LYTHAM ST ANNES, ENGLAND - JULY 20:  Tiger Woods of the United States hits his tee shot on the 11th hole during the second round of the 141st Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club on July 20, 2012 in Lytham St Annes, England.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
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Tiger Woods has been through some ups and downs.

He has won numerous awards, broken many golf records and was even awarded PGA Player of the Year a record 10 times.

We saw Tiger struggle after the infidelity scandal he was involved in, and also saw as he lost some of his major sponsors like AT&T.

If he manages to walk away the winner at the British Open this year though, clearly the old Tiger would be back.


What Happened to Tiger?

Tiger struggled to climb back up the ladder after he had been knocked off by the media during the scandal in 2009.

Before that though, Woods easily sat on top of the golfing world as king.  Just one of his many crowning achievements for example, came in 2001 when Woods would win the Masters and be the first player in the history of golf to hold all four professional golf titles at the same time.

He would also set a record of 264 weeks ranked as the No. 1 ranked golfer in the world.

Then 2009 happened, and we saw Woods begin to spiral downward.

It was a slow drop at first.  We would see Woods fail to win his first major since 2004.  Then the scandal happened, and Woods took a break from golf.

He would return in April of 2010 and placed fourth in the Masters.  He ended up finishing the season ranked No. 2 in the world. He might have been going downhill, but it was only a stumble at first.

The 2011 season though, would be much worse for Tiger.  He would slip to seventh at first, and manage to rebound to fifth ranked golfer in the world.  Due to leg injuries Tiger would miss some summer events, and would also end up replacing his longtime caddy Steve Williams with his friend Byron Bell.

Woods's ranking continued to fall, reaching its all time lowest point of 58th.  He would eventually start to bounce back though.


Tiger Is Back

First, Woods would break his 107 week winless streak when he would win the Chevron World Challenge in 2011.

The current 2012 season though, is the season where Woods returns to the golfer he used to be.  He won the AT&T national in Maryland and is now setting his sights on the British Open.

Woods has managed to bounce back to being ranked fourth in the world, and with a solid performance on Thursday, he is sitting in sixth at the British Open.

One of Tiger's biggest issues that he struggled with during the 2010-11 seasons was his putting.  We would see Woods go back to the fundamentals, and generally improve from where he was struggling.

Woods putted relatively well during his round on Thursday at the British Open.  He was quoted at cbsnews.com as saying:

"I felt like I played well, I really hit it well. I was very close to making a few more putts. Every ball was starting right on my line. I was very pleased with that. I've just got to hit the putts a little harder."

Woods also had the highest driving accuracy of 92.9 percent.  Clearly, Tiger is off to a dominating start at this year's British Open.

A win here would prove that the old Tiger is back.  To be able to climb from being ranked 58th in the world back to fourth proves that Woods is ready to reclaim his spot back on top.  Winning the British Open would land Tiger his 15th major championship and has a chance to regain his No. 1 spot once more.

Winning the British Open would clearly prove that the old Tiger is back and better than ever.