He was interviewed on the Golf Channel, prior to the tournnament coming up. A reporter asked, "Considering how long you've been out of contention, are you surprised that with one more win you could be number one again?" Tiger had no long explanation. He simply said one word, "No."
It is done to you as you believe. If you believe you can be Number 1 and you are willing to do the work, it can happen. It you walk around thinking there are other people who can do something better than you, defeat is already yours. It's like playing golf with someone who says, "I'll use my old golf ball, just in case I hit it in the water." Your brain doesn't hear, "just in Case." It hears, "water", it says "Yes" and your body obeys.
Take the high road. You deserve to be the best. Talk success, act successful, hang with succesful people and you will reach new heights.