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Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 07/02/2012

Tiger Woods: Does AT&T National victory mean he’s closer to winning a major?

Tiger Woods’s victory at his AT&T National tournament was his third of the year, and moved him into second place on the all-time wins list, but it didn’t do much to nudge him from his spot as the No. 4 golfer in the world.

“I think he's the only guy to win three tournaments on tour this year, is that correct?” Bo Van Pelt said after finishing second to Woods on Sunday at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. “On three different courses. And he was leading the U.S. Open after two days. So I'd say that he's playing the best golf in the world right now.”

Perhaps, but he remains behind Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy despite moving into first place on the PGA Tour money list and in the FedEx Cup standings for the first time since September 2009. For a change he can say he’s rolling, with three victories in seven events, even if he hasn’t won a major in 2012.

“Well, a lot of media people didn't think I could win again, and I had to deal with those questions for quite a bit,” Woods said. “It was just a matter of time. I could see the pieces coming together. [Swing coach] Sean [Foley] and I were working, and we see what was coming, and we can see the consistency, and it's just a matter of time. Just stay the course, and if you look at my ball-striking so far this year, it's gotten more and more consistent. Give me a little time, and I feel like this is what I can do.”

He’s said this before, of course, and failed to win the first two majors of 2012. This is, after all, still Tiger Woods and the majors are how he is measured.

“For the moment, Woods is grim and grinding, even in the split second that he wins another golf tournament,” The Post’s Thomas Boswell writes. “It’s not just that winning at golf is his job or his passion or his lifelong gift. It’s also his only available choice. Get back on top. Then find out what that means, what it is or isn’t worth, what demons it quiets, what exorcism it completes and what joy it releases.”

With two majors left, what are Woods’s chances of getting back to the top with a win in one this year?

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