(Eds: With AP Photos.) By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer Tiger Woods hates the question, even though the answer should be simple enough.
Is he back?
Woods was asked that when he ended his 749-day drought by winning his World Challenge at the end of 2011. The question came up in various forms last year after each of his wins at Bay Hill, Memorial and the AT&T National at Congressional. And it was inevitable after winning for a record eighth time at Torrey Pines.
Woods will be ''back'' when no else is in front of him.
The answer he gave Monday after a four-shot win in the Farmers Insurance Open was that he ''never left.'' But that's not entirely accurate, because Woods was the undisputed No. 1 player in golf for the better part of five years and now he's not. Everything he did last year, Rory McIlroy did better.
You can believe Woods when he says he is excited about the year.
Torrey Pines was his fourth win in his last 16 starts on the PGA Tour. Perhaps a better indication of ...