Tiger Woods closing in on No. 1 spot in world ranking
From August 1999 to September 2004, Tiger Woods spent 264 weeks as the No. 1 ranked golfer in the world. And, from June 2005 to October 2010, he spent 281 weeks at the top spot.
With two wins in three PGA Tour starts this season, Woods finds himself close to once again achieving the No. 1 position in the world.
As pleased as Woods likely is with number 77 (his 77th PGA Tour win came at Doral on Sunday), he is a forward thinker. He knows that a victory at the Arnold Palmer Bay Hill Invitational in two weeks would return him to the top spot in the world rankings. And if this week is any indication, he's ready to challenge in Orlando and retake the top spot from Rory McIlroy.
For McIlroy, the current No. 1, the start to 2013 has been far from ideal. His PGA Tour season has consisted of just three starts, resulting in a Round 1 exit from the Accenture Match Play Championship, a highly criticized withdrawal from the Honda Classic where he was the defending champion and a tie for eighth at Doral.
The tie for eighth at Doral came thanks to a 7-under 65 in the final round on Sunday. It may be a sign that McIlroy has found something in his game, but we won't see it in competitive mode again until his next scheduled start, the Houston Open, one week before the Masters.
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