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Tiger Returns To Pebble Beach For 2012 U.S. Debut

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Tiger Woods makes a tee shot on the ninth hole as Patrick Cantlay during the second round of the Frys.com Open at the CordeValle Golf Club on October 7, 2011 in San Martin, California. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods makes a tee shot on the ninth hole as Patrick Cantlay during the second round of the Frys.com Open at the CordeValle Golf Club on October 7, 2011 in San Martin, California. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

PEBBLE BEACH (CBS Sports) — Tiger Woods this week tools into Pebble Beach, a venue where he has won both majors and regular PGA Tour events, having amassed top-three finishes in a series of global events, admittedly of various field sizes and repute.

Woods has reared his head again, and for those who might think his position is premature given that he has not played an official PGA Tour event in three months, ask yourself this before flinging Molotovs around the chat rooms:

Setting aside whatever personal issue fans might have with the guy, are there 10 players in the world performing better than Woods, already installed as the Masters favorite, at the moment? Darned likely not.

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