Tiger Woods Wins World Challenge, Ends Drought

In the past couple of years, Tiger Woods performed so bad many considered him a has-been whose greatness was abruptly ended by a breakdown of his personal life. On Sunday, Woods showed that he is still capable of eliciting the roars that for so long signaled the end for the competition.

Woods birdied his last two holes to win the Chevron World Challenge by one stroke over third-round leader Zach Johnson. It was Woods’ first victory since the Australian Masters in November 2009—a span covering 26 tournaments and numerous disappointments. Trailing by a stroke with two holes to go, the former world no.1 hit a birdie from 15 feet to catch Johnson atop the leaderboard. Woods then completed the comeback with a six-foot birdie on no.18.

“It just feels awesome whatever it is,” said Woods when asked what his victory meant. Woods, who moved up to 21st in the world from No. 52, is not scheduled to play again until January, but this early, his fellow golfers believe that Woods could soon rise to the top anew. “If he steadily progresses, keeps getting confidence and moving forward, he’s going to return and be one of the best players in the game again,” said Jim Furyk, who tied for 6th place.