Tiger is still number 1. At the WGC Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone, he played an excruciating round of 77, topped only by the even more horrendous 78 from Phil Mickelson.
Tiger had a bad day, Phil had a worse one, and Tiger should be glad.
In an "I'm-so-glad-for-playing-the-worst-round-of-my-life-glad-but- I'm-glad-Phil-didn't-score-in-the-top-four-and-knock-me-off-my-number-one-position-glad".
Which isn't very glad.
But... tomorrow is another day. And Tiger is not the kind of player you can just write off because he had a bad tournament. No doubt he will be back to the drawing board, ironing out all the bad shots, analyzing the mistakes and going through everything with a fine toothed-comb until his game is back on track.
Tiger has also decided to play in the Ryder cup if captain Corey Pavin offers him a wild card entry. He has also mentioned that the lack of helicopters and reporters following him around is a welcome change and that his life is starting to "normalize". Perhaps these conditions will herald a return to form for the world's No 1 golfer in the near future.
Tiger Still Number 1 After WGC Bridgestone Invitational