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In the world of golf, there has been a question that has been asked for about the last two years. "Is Tiger Woods back to form?" has been that question. If you ask me, I would say Woods isn't officially back until he is able to win one of the four major tournaments. He will get his chance to start the quest for his 15th major victory as the Masters in Augusta tees off on Thursday. For Woods, a victory would give him his fifth green jacket and his first major victory since the 2008 U.S Open. We all know what Woods has been through with the highly publicized divorce from Elin Nordegren and some of the injuries that has slowed down his career, but it appears he's back to the form we've all become accustomed to seeing. Woods has won the last two tournaments he's participated in, the WGC-Cadillac and the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and is the odds-on favorite to win the Masters. Woods' 14 major victories is second in golf history behind Jack Nicklaus' 18. Woods says he would like to get to 20 if possible. A victory in the Masters would propel him on that decent. I believe if Woods is able to win another green jacket, it could begin a run of domination similar to what we saw in the early to mid-2000s from him. It would be the break the drought of not winning a major, and once he experiences that feeling again, it could get scary for the rest of the golfers. I'm not saying Woods can't be defeated by anyone because there are a lot of great golfers out there capable of beating him. Rory Mcllroy, Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson and Steve Stricker come to mind. I'm just saying lookout if he's able to breakthrough. Looking at Woods' play in the last few tournaments, he has the look of a man who is on a mission. The love for the game seems to be back. The long drives and precise putting game appears to be back on target, and he has reclaimed his status as the world's No. 1 golfer. Maybe Woods is back in prime form, but in my eyes he won't be officially back until he wins another major. It may seem unfair to put this amount of pressure on Woods, but this is the standard he has set with his past play. We have seen Woods look like he is ready to win another major on numerous occasions in the past few years, only to fizzle out at the moment of truth. We'll find out if this Masters go-around is any different. While I believe Tiger isn't completely back into form yet, I also believe he will win another major soon, and it may happen this weekend. If and when Woods wins that major title, it will mark the beginning of a return to domination. At that point, the rest of the golf world will be in some serious trouble, and so will Nicklaus' record of victories in tournament majors.
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