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Tiger Woods will be No. 1 with win at Arnold Palmer Invitational

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

The winding road for Tiger Woods. (Getty Images)
The winding road for Tiger Woods. (Getty Images)

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It's been a while since Tiger Woods held the title of No. 1 golfer in the world -- 29 months to be exact.

Since he stepped off the throne in October 2010 -- ceding his 623-week reign at the top of the golf world -- Lee Westwood, Luke Donald, Martin Kaymer, and Rory McIlroy have shared the spoils of victory.

The graphic above shows Woods' freefall all the way to No. 58 in the world as well as his subsequent rise back to the top.

If he wins this weekend at the Arnold Palmer Invitational we will once again have a new (and old) No. 1 player.

Woods started dropping at the end of 2010 and beginning of 2011, eventually touching the depths of his struggles after the Frys.com Open at the end of 2011.

It's funny because a No. 58 ranking is something most golfers in the world aspire to. For Woods, it's panic time.

Woods started playing well again (and winning) at the beginning of 2012. A tie for second at the Honda Classic bumped him up to No. 16. A win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational got him as high as No. 6.

The Memorial win in June got him to No. 4. And finally his run at the FedEx Cup Championship at the end of the season got him to No. 2.

McIlroy has held the top spot 39 straight weeks now, and Donald the 56 weeks before that. But if Woods can find paydirt once again in Orlando, it will be official -- the king will be back on his throne.

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