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“I think he’s the only guy to win three tournaments on tour this year, is that correct?” Bo Van Pelt said after taking Woods the distance on Sunday only to finish two shots behind. “On three different golf 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.”

The better measure of Woods‘ standing is that he is leading the PGA Tour money list for the first time since September 2009, when he won the $10 million FedEx Cup bonus and capped off a season that topped $10 million in earnings.

To the golfing public, that’s just window dressing.

When it comes to Woods, the majors are really all that matter at this stage in his career. The notion of whether he is “back” from physical and emotional scars has been answered by now. He is capable of winning whenever and wherever he plays.

Even so, the conversation among the CBS Sports analysts as Woods walked toward the 18th green at Congressional shifted to the majors, and rightfully so. Until he reaches Snead’s record, the focus will be where it always has been _ on the four biggest prizes in golf.

Woods now has won 27 percent of his PGA Tour events, a rate never seen for a guy who’s been around for 16 years. To break that down, he has won 28 percent of his regular tour events, compared with 24 percent of his majors. That translates to one major a year over the course of his career.

But he has gone four years without one, dating to the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines when he played on a left leg that had two stress fractures and shredded knee ligaments that had to be rebuilt the day after he won.

Woods was practically gloating Sunday evening about those who dared to even suggest earlier this year he might not win again. One reporter mentioned he had won three of his last seven starts and asked which parts of his game have come around.

“Pretty much everything,” Woods said. “I remember there was a time when people were saying I could never win again. Here we are.”

When the issue of media skeptics was raised later in his interview, Woods talked about overhauling his swing and that not being able to practice essentially put him a year behind. But once he became healthy, he could see the progress.

“It was just a matter of time,” he said. “I could see the pieces coming together. … Give me a little bit of time, and I feel like this is what I can do.”

He’s doing what he once did with frightening regularity, which is to pose with the trophy. This is the 12th time in 16 seasons that Woods has won at least three times. Nicklaus had 14 seasons of at least three wins, though he never won more than seven in a year. Woods has had three seasons of at least eight wins.

There’s that Woods-Nicklaus comparison again, but it’s not the one everyone thinks about.

Including Woods.