After a gap of more than two years and 26 tournaments without a win, Tiger Woods has finally ended his victory drought Sunday when he stood over a 6-foot birdie putt to win the 2011 Chevron World Challenge at the Sherwood Country Club in Thousands Oaks, Calif.
In his one shot victory over former Masters champion Zach Johnson, Woods closed with a 3-under 69. The win put a long-awaited end to a drought of 749 days, a sign (probably) that the tiger is back from the woods.
Since his 2009 win of the Australian Masters, it was Wood's first victory that marked his 83rd win worldwide in tournaments. The win took him from No. 52 to No. 21 in the world ranking.
I felt normal, felt very comfortable, the Associated Press quoted Woods as saying. I've been here so many times that, you know, I just feel very comfortable being here in this position.
Last year also, Woods went into the final round with a four-shot lead over Graeme McDowell. However, he lost in a playoff after an incredible performance of clutch shots by McDowell.
I feel pretty good going into next year, Woods told Bloomberg. If I have a good year I should be on the ballot for Comeback Player of the Year, so I'm excited about that.
Over the last two years, Woods had to struggle for his injuries, including knee and ankle problems that put him off from playing in the U.S. and British opens this year.
I had to get healthy and to where I was strong and explosive again so I could practice, he said. Then my practice sessions started building and building. Then I would play a couple of tournaments here and there, and each tournament I started getting better, starting at the Frys.
He's going to have a good year, Johnson told reporters. He's the most experienced and the best player I've ever played with. In every situation, he knows how to execute and win.