After his triumph in his own PGA Tour event at the Congressional last Sunday in the US, he became the only player with three victories to his name in 2012. This has raised questions from pundits as to whether this is his reemergence to winning ways.
His previous two wins came in his final outings before the opening pair of majors this season. He claimed the Bay Hill title ahead of the Masters and the Memorial in his build up to the US Open. Yet at both majors he faltered and disappointed. At Augusta, he was so out of his game and experts ridiculously called on him to sack his coach Sean Foley. And at the US Open, he squandered the halfway lead over a miserable Olympic Club weekend.
In a change to his usual scheduling, Woods will play again this week at the Greenbrier in his final tune up for the year’s third major, the Open Championship. Woods has been stuck on 14 majors since winning the 2008 US Open on one leg. His subsequent fitness and personal problems have been well documented and goes a long way to explain his barren run in the majors.
But it is worth looking at the 2009 season for more evidence of why it has been such a struggle for Woods to land his 15th grand slam title. That was the year he won tournaments in each of his last appearances before all four majors but failed to sustain such winning form on the biggest stages.
This was even though there was pre-scandal and at a time when his aura was at its strongest, not forgetting the fact that he had won a US Open with a broken leg. It was a superhuman effort, yet a year later there were clear frailties and at the Open at Turnberry, he missed the cut.
More significantly, for the first time he failed to win a major after leading into the final round when YE Yang stood up to him at the PGA Championship. This signaled the end of an aura.
Later that year, he hit the hydrant and his knee and Achilles have subsequently played up on several occasions.
It is probably harder than it has ever been for Woods to win a major. So many players can win them. There have been 15 different winners in the last 15 majors and none of those golfers shared the same burden of expectation as the current world number four.
So, the question in the air now is, is the Tiger back? His swing is as good as it has been in years and his putting touch seems to be improving as well. The answer to the question seems to fall in the negative. Nevertheless, Woods, currently number four in the world, stands every chance of making it back to number one.
He might not even need to win a major to do that - Luke Donald and Lee Westwood are living proof of that possibility. But he won’t be a top dog with the colossal points lead that he used to command. Those days are as good as gone.
The reason for this is that, although Woods is a 14-time champion, the 2012 version of Tiger seems as his most fallible at the majors.
He plays with the similar weight of pressure to that felt by the likes of Donald and Westwood who are trying to win their first major - and Woods is coping about as well as them.
Even so, it is a big fillip for golf that the former number one is proving dominant once again at the rank and file events on the PGA Tour. He brings a unique buzz and the benefits of his presence will undoubtedly be felt at Lytham.