Tiger Woods' Play at CIMB Classic is Step in Right Direction for Golf Legend

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistOctober 28, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - OCTOBER 28:  Tiger Woods of USA plays a tee shot on the 6th hole during day four of the CIMB Classic at The MINES Resort & Golf Club on October 28, 2012 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  (Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images)
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Tiger Woods did not win the CIMB Classic in Malaysia this weekend, but he finally reminded people of the person that won 14 major championship in his career.

The embattled star finished tied for fourth with a minus-19 total score, three back of eventual winner Nick Watney. However, Woods had one of his best rounds of the year on Sunday with a final round of 63.

Although the Mines Golf Club does not have the most difficult course in the world, Tiger finished every round in the 60s and showed great poise and skill throughout the weekend.

Inconsistency has been the thing that has hurt the golfer this year. It seemed like every time he was ready to destroy the competition, he would miss a few shots and end up with a poor round. He won three tournaments this year, but he also had poor performances at the Masters and the Players Championship.

Of course, this is quite normal for an average golfer. Then again, Woods has proven throughout his career that he is more than an average golfer. He has raised his expectations so much that fans want a win every week.

After this weekend, those people can feel confident that he is on his way back.

The tournament was not completely smooth. It seemed like the inconsistency was once again going to cost him on the back end of Round 3. He went six straight holes without a birdie, marking down two birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey in that time.

These wasted opportunities likely cost him the tournament as he fell too far down the leaderboard to catch up. This is unfortunate, because Woods was almost flawless on Sunday. He had zero holes above par and scored eight birdies on the day.

Watney needed a 61 to win the take the title, but who knows what would have happened if Woods was closer on his tail. 

Woods has had rounds like this in the past. He even shot a 62 earlier this year at the Honda Classic. Still, it is always encouraging to see the star have a good round from beginning to end.

The talent is still there. He still has the ability to save even the most impossible shots and get on the green in regulation. However, he needs to stay focused in order to make putts and finish off rounds with low scores.

After a performance like this one, it looks as though more good times are on the way.