Tiger Woods has climbed 1,193 spots in the World Golf Rankings in little more than a year

Tiger Woods.

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Tiger Woods.
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Tiger Woods sent a resounding message to the sports world with his performance on Sunday.

After he held his nerve to finish -13 at the 2019 Masters Tournament, Woods proved once again he is the master of the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, claiming his fifth championship 22 years after he won his first title there.

The 43-year-old finished the four-day event with one shot ahead of his American rivals Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele, and Brooks Koepke in second place. While others lost their cool, like when Francesco Molinari hit two double bogeys on the final day, Woods rolled back the years to hold his nerve.

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The win trumps Woods’ most recent success when he won the Tour Championship in September last year, ending a trophy drought that lasted 1,876 days when he claimed the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in 2013.

His latest victory also ends a major dry spell that lasted 3,955 days since he won the US Open in 2008, making it one of his sweetest triumphs to date.

Woods has had to overcome scandals in his private life, a 2017 arrest when he was found asleep in his car with the engine running, and four back surgeries.

To get a sense of how far back Woods has come from his injury problems and off-the-course troubles, take a look at his official world golf ranking. In December 2017, Woods had fallen all the way to 1,199th in the world. A little more than a year later, after winning the Masters, he is up to No. 6.

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Here’s how Tiger’s ranking has moved since he was last 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)
  • Masters, 2019 – 6th (back in the top 10 after winning the tournament for a fifth time)

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