Hunter Mahan doesn't believe Tiger Woods has to win a major to validate his return to No. 1 in the world.
Woods fell to as low as No. 58 toward the end of 2011. But after winning at Bay Hill for his sixth PGA Tour title in the last 53 weeks, Woods returned to the top of the ranking for the first time since October 2010. Woods hasn't won a major, however, since the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.
''I think he's the man once again, and he proved that last week,'' Mahan said Wednesday at the Houston Open. ''Everyone is waiting for the first major. I don't know why they're waiting for that. I think he's done enough this year to realize that he's still really good, and he's better than everybody else. He set the bar so high. I don't know what is going to make everyone go, `He's back to that time.' I don't know if he has to win by 10 shots or whatever.''
Mahan doesn't buy into the notion of Woods or anyone else being able to intimidate players, though he's willing to make one exception...