Woods can return to world No. 1 with an eighth Firestone win
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Woods can return to world No. 1 with an eighth Firestone win


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The all-important Excel spreadsheet projecting the Official World Golf Ranking suggests Tiger Woods could once again become No. 1 in the world this week at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Woods would have to win at Firestone CC for the eighth time in 13 career starts, but a victory would likely be enough to overtake Luke Donald for the No. 1 ranking. Donald can preserve his spot atop the ladder with a third-place finish or better, regardless of what Woods does.

The current world No. 2 was made aware of the situation, but claimed to have no knowledge of the innerworkings behind the ranking formula.



"Do I pay attention?" he asked in reply. "Yes.  Do I look at it all the time?  No.  I don't know how they work."

Woods, however, would be proud to return from the abyss of 58th in the world in 2010 to again reach No. 1.

"It would be nice to get back there because obviously it meant that as far as I had dropped, to build my way back up to this point, I've had some wins, I've had some very high finishes, I've been consistent," Woods said before indicating he has an idea of what the formula favors. "That's how you get to be one of the top players in the world."

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