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One win is not a large enough sample, although the way Woods won was startling. He wound up beating Graeme McDowell by five shots, the 16th time on the PGA Tour that he has won by at least that many shots.

This wasn’t a case of Woods in the lead and everyone melting. Bay Hill was as stern a test this side of a major because of its firm, crispy conditions and wicked hole locations for the final round.

Woods closed with a 2-under 70. The next 16 players behind him on the leaderboard going into the final round failed to break par. He had amazing control of his shots, and while his 3-iron over the water to about 15 feet on the par-5 sixth is sure to get attention, equally impressive were the next two shots.

With the wind blowing left to right on the par-3 seventh, Woods held the slightest cut shot to a right pin placement just over the bunker. On the next hole, his 8-iron from 182 yards was just enough to carry the bank, and had just enough of a draw that it rolled to 4 feet.

What made Woods so enjoyable to watch was that he could hit shots that few other players could. He has shown glimpses of that dating to the Australian Open. He is doing it more often now. Winning was a product of cleaning up a few loose areas that had held him back his iron play in Abu Dhabi, his putting at Pebble Beach, his chipping in the third round of Australia.

But winning 35 to 40 times at age 36, with four knee operations, and a left Achilles tendon that only two weeks ago caused him to withdraw in the middle of a final round?

Maybe it’s a matter of simple math. Woods won 71 times on the PGA Tour in his first 14 years. Cut that in half, and at the same rate, that would be 35 wins over the next seven years.

The argument against that would be his health, his age and his competition. Then again, the level of competition has always been dependent upon Woods.

Luke Donald is No. 1 in the world with five wins in the past 13 months. Right behind him is Rory McIlroy, who won the U.S. Open by eight shots last summer with a record score, and whose graceful power and fearless shots make him the most likely candidate to give Woods fits.

Are they better than the players Woods faced at age 26?

If nothing else, they have more confidence.

“If a guy is winning eight times a year, even if you win three times, you don’t feel as good a player because there’s someone who’s that much better than you.” Geoff Ogilvy said last September. “I guess there’s more confidence among the top 20 guys than there was in those special years of Tiger.”