PGA Championship 2010: Tiger Woods is on His Way Back to the Top

Brad GoldbachCorrespondent IAugust 16, 2010

KOHLER, WI - AUGUST 15: Tiger Woods reacts to a shot on the 18th hole during the final round of the 92nd PGA Championship on the Straits Course at Whistling Straits on August 15, 2010 in Kohler, Wisconsin. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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No, Tiger Woods did not win the 2010 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.

And, no, he really was never in contention.

But, Tiger is on the right path to make his return back to the top.

As hypothesized before WGC-Bridgestone a few weeks ago, a loss there would be good for his career in the long run

It remains to be seen how things play out, but Tiger certainly took that humiliating defeat in stride and showed signs of the dominating Tiger in parts of the PGA Championship.

He certainly seemed more focused and worked a lot harder than he did a few weeks ago. It may not be saying much in comparison, but humility can go a long way.

He put himself in good position with four birdies in five holes on day one. Woods then put together consecutive strong performances on the back-nine, going six-under on the back half in days two and three.

But, as has been the case with Tiger all year, he couldn't turn that into a full-fledged good performance on the final round.

He actually started off well on the final round, but for some reason, couldn't dig up those strong back-nine performances on the last day.

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Yeah, he's not all the way there yet, but it's a far cry from finishing second to last at Bridgestone.

He was satisfied with his iron work, but obviously disappointed in his driving, which still hasn't gotten back to where it needs to be. 

His play around the greens was very solid, stirring up images of the old Tiger. He saved his poor swings on many occasions this weekend, giving himself a decent finish considering how poorly he hit the fairways at Whistling Straits.

Of course, that part of his game still needs work for him to make a full return to the top, but it's not the end of the world. No one realistically thought it would all come together at once.

Remember, Tiger did go two years without winning a Major back in 2003 and 2004, so it's not like this is the definitive end to his stellar career.

Back then, Tiger fell from his perch atop the world rankings shortly after Vijay Singh took home the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. Tiger is still atop the world rankings now, somehow or another, but it seems to be only a matter of time before he relinquishes that title, at least for a little while.

If you remember, Tiger started working with Hank Haney after leaving Butch Harmon in 2004. The following year, Woods started off with a bang and didn't let up until his current streak.

Woods is currently consulting with Canadian Sean Foley on his swing, taking a cue from 2004 in bringing a new voice to his ear. It remains to be seen whether Tiger keeps Foley, but he has hinted as much.

Woods has said he is starting to get the feel of his game back. It's certainly not all the way there.

But don't leave Woods for dead just yet. History and his supreme talent say he can once again be the world's best.

Tiger is on his way, it's just a matter of time.

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