So what exactly constitutes if Tiger Woods is back or not?
What does it mean to be "back?" Does he need a major to win? Does he have to win the Ryder Cup by himself? Does he have to mow down the field at every tournament and win by 10 shots?
Woods won the Players Championship today by two shots against the best field outside of a major championship. The Players is considered the fifth major, because it is such a tough event. And he looked in control the whole time, except for one hole where the tee shot got away from him. In a word, he was dominant and that's what Tiger of old was.
SO I say he is back. He doesn't need to win a major championship right now to prove to the golfing world that he has returned. He really never left. He has made the cut at nearly 90 percent of the events he has played in. And this win Sunday was his fourth of 2013, no one else has won more than once.
We will never see the Woods of 1999, 2000 or 2007 again. Those Tigers are gone but this new Tiger, Tiger 4.0 is a different breed but still winning. He misses putts, he flubs tee shots and chunks chips but not that often. It happens, that's golf. But he is on camera the most, so it's under the microscope more often. But he is still winning and that's all that matters.
Woods does need to win a major again. He needs to get one to quiet the doubters that he is indeed back. And outside of t he major, what else does he need to do to show that he is back?