Tiger Woods is the best golfer in the world right now, whether people want to believe it or not.
It seems that regardless of what success he has, people like Jason Sobel of the Golf Channel have to bring up this stat:
Woods has not won a major championship since 2008 at the U.S. Open, which was the 14th title of his career. Shortly after that, he dealt with various injuries that kept him away from the tour, followed by personal issues with his home life.
Therefore, everyone wants to know when he will be "back" to the dominant self he was earlier in his career.
If you are still waiting, you can stop; he is already back.
In 2013, Woods has participated in five stroke-play tournaments and won three of them. His putting has been spectacular, and he is hitting the ball as consistently as he has in a long time.
While tying for fourth at the Masters would be a highlight of any other golfer's season, it was a disappointment for Woods after coming in as the odds-on favorite.
However, it is important to remember that it is very tough to win a major championship, even for the best players in the world. Since the beginning of 2009, 16 different golfers won in the 17 majors. Only Rory McIlroy was able to win two in that span.
Instead, the best way to track a golfer's performance is his consistency. The best can do more than just win at the big events; they can also finish high when they do not win. In the last three majors, Woods finished in third, 11th and now fourth place. Few competitors in the world can match that.
Even this recent finish was much better than it seemed. Many know by now about his two-stroke penalty for an illegal drop, but the only reason that came about was because his previous shot bounced off the pin.
If that had just landed on the green and he finished with a birdie, his score would have been four strokes better, which would have tied him with Adam Scott and Angel Cabrera for the lead after 72 holes.
The point is that bad breaks happen in golf, which makes it almost impossible to win every week. However, his incredible play of late almost guarantees that he will eventually win another major, probably this year.
Then again, he will still remain the best in the world with or without another major championship.