Tiger Woods Regains World Number One Ranking
Tiger Woods regained the world number one ranking after winning a gripping duel with Phil Mickelson to register a one stroke victory at the Doral Open on Sunday. Trailing Mickelson by two shots at the start of play, Woods mounted one of his patented charges to card a final round six-under 66 at Miami’s Doral Resort for a winning total of 24-under 264. It was Woods’s second win of the season and returned the 29-year-old American to the top of the rankings, ending Vijay Singh’s 26-week reign as number one.
Woods had held top spot for a record 264 consecutive weeks before being dethroned by Fijian Singh last September.
Impressive. He had been in what, for him, constituted a slump for over a year. He appears to be back in top form again in a tour that is much revitalized thanks to his presence. He’s forced the other golfers to practice harder and become more physically fit. Despite being on top of the world rankings, he’s twice rebuilt his swing and endured months of regressed play in search of perfection. At 29, before the age when most golfers hit their prime, he appears back on track to chase Jack Nicklaus’ record for most Majors wins. And he’s doing it against a field that’s much deeper than the one the Golden Bear faced.
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