Depends on who you ask.....
As far as the fans, the PGA tour and the Quail Hollow Championship Tournament Staff, Tiger is the number one player in Charlotte, North Carolina this week.
But on the Official PGA Tour Regular Season FedExCup Standings, Tiger is a distant 14th place behind, Geoff Ogilvy, and Phil Mickelson who are ranked No. 1 and 2.
Without a doubt Tiger remains a force, but he picks his events, including November’s Australian Masters where Woods is reportedly being paid a $3 million dollar appearance fee, and often paces himself timed to match his peaks with the majors.
In other words the once untouchable Tiger has fallen to the level of mere mortals, or the other top 13 players on the PGA Tour have raised the game to a whole new level.
Tiger Woods is still the number one ranked player and remains 1.07 points ahead of Phil Mickelson in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Phil Mickelson could take the World Number One spot this week if he wins the Quail Hollow Championship and Woods finishes worse than 4th.
Tiger Woods has been World Number One for the last 203 weeks and for a total of 545 weeks in his career.
The other players who have had official World Number 1 status in the 23 year history of the Ranking are BERNHARD LANGER (3 weeks), SEVE BALLESTEROS (61 weeks), GREG NORMAN (331 weeks), NICK FALDO (97 weeks), IAN WOOSNAM (50 weeks), FRED COUPLES (16 weeks), NICK PRICE (44 weeks), TOM LEHMAN (1 week), ERNIE ELS (9 weeks), DAVID DUVAL (15 weeks) and VIJAY SINGH (32 weeks)
Official World Golf Ranking as of 4/30/2009.
1 Tiger Woods
2 Phil Mickelson
3 Sergio Garcia
4 Geoff Ogilvy
5 Kenny Perry
6 Paul Casey
7 Padraig Harrington
8 Vijay Singh
9 Henrik Stenson
10 Camilo Villegas
The real test of Tiger will come in June as the US Open returns to Beth Page Black, a tough course for Tiger and Mickelson both.