Tiger Woods has climbed 1,186 spots in the World Golf Rankings in less than a year

Kevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesTiger is back.
  • Tiger Woods won the Tour Championship on Sunday, his first PGA Tour victory in five years.
  • While things got close at the end, Woods dominated the tournament and made it clear what many people had been saying for a while – he is back.
  • With the win, Woods’ ranking jumped to 13th in the world, a jump of 1,186 spots since December 2017.

Tiger Woods sent a resounding message to the sports world with a dominating performance at the Tour Championship – he’s back, and the majors are next.

The win was Woods’ first since the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, a drought that lasted 1,876 days.

To get a sense of how far back Woods has come from his four back surgeries and off-the-course troubles, take a look at his official world golf ranking. In December, Woods had fallen all the way to 1,199th in the world. Less than a year later, after winning the Tour Championship, he is up to No. 13.

Here is a look at how Tiger’s ranking has moved since he was last ranked No. 1 in the world in 2014:

  • March 9, 2014 – 1st (last time Woods was ranked No. 1 in the world)
  • End of 2014 – 25th (played in 7 events, played 4 rounds 2 times, and best finish was t-25th)
  • End of 2015 – 257th (played in 11 events, made the cut 6 times, and best finish was 10th)
  • End of 2016 – 650th (did not play in any events)
  • End of 2017 – 1,199th (played in 1 official event and missed the cut)
  • Masters, 2018 – 88th (back into the top 100 for the first time)
  • The Open, 2018 – 50th (back into the top 50 for the first time)
  • Tour Championship, 2018 – 13th (Tiger’s first win since 2013; back into the top 20 for the first time)

Does anybody still think he will never be No. 1 again?

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