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Rachel Uchitel who?!

For the first time in more than two years, Sunday marked the return of the Tiger Woods we used to talk about, with the golfer draining a birdie putt on the final hole to win and fist-pumping in his trademark red and black ensemble.

Tiger rallied to win the Chevron World Challenge with this dramatic effort:

He went 749 days and 26 tournaments without winning as he tried to repair a golf game that used to be the best in the world, as well as his formerly impeccable image following one of the most (if not the most) celebrity scandals in history.

The drought is over now. How does it feel for the 35-year-old?

"It feels great," he said. "Kind of hard for me to elaborate beyond that. I know that it's been awhile, but for some reason, it feels like it hasn't. I think I was screaming something. But it was just that I won the golf tournament. I pulled it off with one down, two to go."

The rest of the golf world had better look out in 2012.

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Tiger Woods is totally alive, despite reports on Twitter that he is dead.

In other news, he is uncharacteristically playing decent golf this week!

The greatest golfer of our age, Tiger Woods, hasn't been killed, no matter what a bunch of idiots Tweeting as much claim. But his golf came has been DOA for awhile.

He hasn't won a tournament in over two years (the two-year anniversary of the car crash is coming up) and his fitness, mentally and physically, has been way off.

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You wouldn't know it this week in Sydney, Australia, where Woods is tearing up one of the country's best courses, leading by one stroke at the halfway point.

Woods says he's "playing properly" again. The distractions of the sex scandal that ended his marriage, injuries and splits with his caddy and coach are history.

"It's one of those things, just being patient," the 14-time major winner said. "I derive a lot of my confidence from practice. I'm getting ample practice time."

"That's something I've not done in the last couple of years."

Good for him. Even before the wreck ended his marriage to Elin Nordegren, he veered off a bit. Think he can pull it together and climb back up to the top?

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Even uber-serious, oft-maligned, down-in-the-dumps Tiger Woods had to laugh off an incident in which he was attacked by a flying hot dog while putting Sunday.

Yes, this actually happened. And it was not Joslyn James.

A male fan ran toward the 7th green where Woods was lining up a putt, screamed out "Tiger!" and - relish the thought - threw a hot dog at the golfer.

It missed. By a lot. He was pummeled by security.

Tiger Woods, Hot Dog

Insert inappropriate joke about Tiger Woods and meat-slinging here.

Reports say the perpetrator dropped to the ground in waiting-to-be-arrested mode upon letting the frank loose. Woods, who was never in danger, could only laugh later.

"Some guy just came running on the green, and he had a hot dog, and evidently, I don't know how he tried to throw it, I was kind of focusing on my putt," said Woods.

"Next thing I know, he was just laying on the ground, and looked like he wanted to be arrested because he ... put his hands behind his back and turned his head."

He probably should have thrown a hamburger, given that the San Martin, Calif., PGA Tour event where this took place was ... wait for it ... the Frys.com Open.

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The infamous oak tree that Tiger Woods drove into that fateful night has met a fate similar to that of his golf career. It's gone down hard.

It was Thanksgiving night in November 2009 when Woods - hopped up on painkillers and reportedly fleeing Elin Nordegren - hopped in his Escalade and plowed into the tree, which sat in his neighbor's yard.

Well, new neighbors moved in recently and tore the thing down.

Tiger Woods Playing Golf

The construction company that did the work on the property said the tree was in terrible shape ever since the crash. The new peeps decided to get rid of it in spite of (or perhaps because of) its status as a memento of Tiger's affair with Rachel Uchitel.

A new tree will be planted soon, according to TMZ.

For now, though, there's just a portable John sitting there, allowing workmen to relieve themselves on the very spot where Tiger Woods' career went down the toilet.

Downright poetic.

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His divorce from Elin Nordegren is a distant memory, but Tiger Woods' life is far from back to normal. In fact, his other "divorce" keeps making headlines.

Tiger's recent split from Steve Williams, his longtime caddy, was a dominant subplot of this weekend's Bridgestone Invitational, won by Adam Scott.

Caddying for the Australian in their first victory together? Williams!

Tiger, Steve, Scott

Asked about the victory he helped Scott achieve, Williams said it was the greatest he'd ever been a part of, and called the past week "the best of my life."

It was a thinly-vailed slap at the man he believes let him go for no reason, and who finished tied for 37th Sunday, a whopping 18 strokes back of Scott.

Williams has been openly upset about the firing, saying he got canned over the phone. Tiger's agent says it was "done face-to-face and man-to-man."

Regardless of who's more accurate, both stars will be at the year's final major, the PGA Championship, kicking off Thursday at the Atlanta Athletic Club.

Can Tiger rebound, or will his woes continue?

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Is Tiger Woods, unthinkably, in financial trouble these days?

That may be both exaggerating and oversimplifying it, but given a loss of endorsement deals, his recent divorce settlement, a hefty mortgage, and even a pay cut from Nike, life on Planet Tiger isn't what it used to be.

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Forbes reports that Tiger recently signed a deal to hawk a heat rub in Japan. Although Woods was likely paid in the single-digit millions for the spot, it's a far cry from his former campaigns for Pepsi, Gillette, and Accenture.

Once king of the sports world, Tiger has suffered financially since late 2009.

After his personal life imploded, his endorsement list shrank and his marriage ended in a divorce settlement with Elin Nordegren worth $100 million-plus.

But now he may actually be hurting for funds. At the very least, there are signs that the legend isn't generating enough to comfortably cover his costs.

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On the same day we confirmed Elin Nordegren and Jamie Dingman are an official item, Tiger Woods and his longtime companion have parted ways.

Dude fired caddy Steve Williams after 13 years!

The high-profile celebrity breakup was announced via Tiger's website, which says, "I want to express my deepest gratitude to Stevie for all his help, but I think it's time for a change ... I wish [Steve] great success in the future."

No word if Tiger was cheating with another caddy or 20.

Stevie says he's shocked by the move, especially because he stuck by Woods' side throughout the stunning cheating scandal of 2009-10.

"After 13 years of loyal service needless to say this came as a shock," he says.

"Given the circumstances of the past 18 months working through Tiger's scandal, a new coach and with it a major swing change... I'm very disappointed to end our very successful partnership at this time."

Stevie went on 60 Minutes last year to say he never knew anything about the golf legend's affair with Rachel Uchitel or other assorted VIP hostesses.

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A report surfaced last weekend that Elin Nordegren's new boyfriend, Jamie Dingman, used to date Rachel Uchitel, Tiger Woods' shady #1 mistress.

It seems almost too coincidental, but apparently Elin did not know about this prior to TMZ's report, and she is pissed now. We can't imagine why.

To hear sources close to Jamie Dingman tell it, his involvement with Uchitel was in fact real, but not as serious was what was initially reported.

Elin the Swedish Goddess

Sources claim Jamie only hooked up with Rachel twice in October 2009 (two months before the Woods scandal erupted), but that they never had sex.

TMZ says Rachel and Jamie initially became involved professionally, working on a new investment business. The nature of the business is not known.

In any case, the two both stayed in the Miami home of Chris Barish, the third partner in their prospective business, for 2-3 weeks in October 2009.

During that stretch, Jamie came into Rachel's room late night and hooked up with her twice. Rachel discussed it with Barish the morning after each.

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Rachel Uchitel has repaid much of the money Tiger Woods paid her to keep quiet in the aftermath of their affair, and may sue Gloria Allred as a result.

Huh? Relax. It's even more confusing than you think.

Derek Lowe Mug Shot

In early 2010, Allred negotiated a $10 million settlement for Rachel, who had planned to hold a news conference and detail her relationship with Tiger.

The mammoth payoff included a confidentiality agreement, which prohibited Rachel Uchitel from talking about Tiger. Ever. Here's where it gets dicey:

The confidentiality clause works the way you think it does. If Rachel spoke about Tiger, she'd have to pay back the money, as well as potential damages.

Several months ago, Tiger's lawyer, Jay Lavely, contacted Gloria regarding Rachel's appearance on Celebrity Rehab, saying they planned to sue over it.

While she never talked specifically about Tiger on the VH1 show, Uchitel's reality show treatment "addiction to love" royally pissed off Woods' camp.

Rachel felt strongly she had not violated the agreement, but Gloria convinced her she would lose if Tiger's attorney pursued the case against her.

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Before he began dating Elin Nordegren, Jamie Dingman and Rachel Uchitel were an item. Yes, the same woman whose affair with Tiger Woods was exposed in November 2009, sending him fleeing in his car and ... you know the rest.

Didn't see that one coming, did you?

Tournament of THG Couples Bracket

Jamie Dingman, whose dad is a billionaire tycoon, has been dating Elin Nordegren for several months. Prior to Elin, Jamie and Rachel dated fairly recently - there was even some overlap with Tiger, which Jamie was aware of!

When Rachel Uchitel was getting more serious with Tiger, Jamie reportedly joked. "That's okay. I'll date his wife, Elin." It gets weirder still:

At the time the Tiger scandal broke, they were living together in Miami! 

One last bizarre connection comes from Jen Madden, the girl who sold the Woods story. Staying at her friend's home, she learned about Rachel Uchitel's affair with Tiger when she overheard her talking about it ... with Jamie.

No clue if Elin Nordegren is aware of any of this, but if she's not, we can't imagine it's going to go over too well when someone clues her in.

Then again, maybe it's a little bit of payback.

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