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Tiger Woods poses with the winner's trophy after winning the AT&T National at Congressional Country Club on July 1, 2012 in Bethesda, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

It wasn’t that long ago when Tiger Woods was considered to be the best golfer in the world.  Everything changed drastically when Woods had reconstructive ACL surgery on his left knee in 2008, and got divorced a couple of years after that.

Everyone has problems in their life, after all it is called life for a reason.  Some people were saying that Tiger Woods’ problems significantly affected his golf game, and he would never be the same.  The old cliche is correct every time,  winning solves everything.  2012 has been an exceptional year for Tiger thus far.

He has won 3 PGA tour events this year, and with his victory at the AT&T National Woods passed golf legend Jack Nicklaus for the second most tour wins in history with 74.  It is just a matter of time before Tiger surpasses Sam Snead for the most PGA Tour victories at 82.   Despite not winning a major championship in over 4 years few will argue that Woods is the number one golfer in the world again.

An athlete is judged in any sport by how many championships they win.  In Woods’ case he is long overdue to win another one.  It is hard to think that Tiger will never win a major again.  He currently has 14 major victories, second only the Golden Bear, Jack Nicklaus.  It seems like he has really found his groove this year, and with the British Open and PGA Championship coming up, he is looking like a considerable favorite to potentially win the 15th major of his career.

There are times when we forget that professional athletes are only human.  The problems that they encounter in their lives certainly affect their performances.  Tiger Woods is no different, he went into quite a slump, and despite not being as dominant as he once was, Woods is still a hell of a lot better than the rest of the field.  When he is on his game, Tiger is unstoppable.  Even if Tiger doesn’t win another major this year, it is just a matter of time before he wins another one.  Time is something he has, at age 36 Woods has plenty of prosperous years of golf left.

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