Tiger Woods: Why He Will Be No. 1 at the End of the Season

John BurkeContributor IApril 26, 2011

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 10:  Tiger Woods looks on during the final round of the 2011 Masters Tournament on April 10, 2011 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
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The season's second major is approaching fast on the horizon.

All that means is the golf season has just begun. With many weeks left in the season, there is still much shuffling left to be done in the world rankings system.

This past weekend alone, Luke Donald saw his chance to become No. 1 in the world be dashed by Brandt Snedeker in a playoff at The Heritage. 

That allowed Lee Westwood, winner of the Indonesian Open, to retake the No. 1 position. In the process Martin Kaymer fell to second, leaving Donald at third.

So with so much movement happening in just one weekend, imagine how much can happen in the coming months.

Currently, Tiger Woods sits at sixth in the world. Honestly, no one in golf is used to him being so low. 

The player's ranked above him know that at any moment his game could catch fire. Remember it was only three years ago that Woods won five consecutive tournaments.

Although Woods has struggled lately, nothing suggests that he is unable to pull of a similar streak in the future.

There is a lot of tournaments left to be played this season. 

Coming up in June, The Memorial Tournament will be held.

Woods has won Jack Nicklaus' event four times. If is game is anywhere near the level it was during the Masters, Woods will walk away with a fifth Memorial trophy.

Then the 2011 U.S Open is being played at Congressional.

Woods has won on this course in previous years while playing the AT&T Championship.

And although the AT&T Championship may not be a major it is still an impressive win, as the tournament boasts strong fields. It is very easy to see Woods hoisting his fourth U.S. Open Trophy. 

A month later in July, the 2011 Open Championship will occur at Royal St. George's. 

The only time during his career the Open Championship has been held at Royal St. George' was in 2003. Woods finished fourth that year, with Ben Curtis shocking many to win the oldest tournament in golf.

Based on his one previous finish in a Major at the course, Woods again is going to be a favorite heading into the Open Championship.

There you have it.

Those are three tournaments that Tiger Woods can win during the remainder of the 2011 PGA Tour season. 

So complain all you want about how flawed the world ranking system is, because it does have faults. But until something better comes along, lets remain open to the system.

After all, anything that allows a player who has played sparingly the past two seasons to be sixth in the world is excellent in my book.

Especially if that player is Tiger Woods. And especially if it still gives him a chance to be on top by season's end.