Predictions: How many wins for Tiger in 2012?
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Outlook: The 2012 season stands to be highly interesting because we will see how Woods, at 36, stacks up against the kids, and vice versa. His two-year process finally has taken him to a trophy stand again. His success of the last month is simple: It's a culmination of his finally being healthy, being able to practice and becoming more comfortable with his 1 1/2-year-old swing. The question is: How much of his form from the glory years can he reclaim? The sense here is enough to win multiple times again, maybe three. He'll go as far as his putting and left leg take him.
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Outlook: Two victories, one of them a 17th WGC (Cadillac, at Doral), and while he'll contend at the Masters and maybe the U.S. Open, it will be a majorless season. There'll be a debut at his new "hometown" event, the Honda Classic, he'll get back into the top 10 in the world order by late spring but won't get back to No. 1, and he won't need to be a captain's pick for the Ryder Cup at Medinah.
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Outlook: Too many young guns with too much firepower. Woods no longer enjoys the distance advantage of his youth, and he has morphed into an erratic putter.
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Outlook: Victory total dependent on his mind, his body and his flat stick. All three used to separate Tiger from the rest of the field. So, in that sense, what we just witnessed at Chevron was enormous progress.
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Outlook: The ballstriking is good and getting better. The confidence is slowly coming back. And the putting is trending upward. It was fun to watch him hole clutch putts again this week, but until it once again becomes the norm, I think the dominance days are dead (or in an uncomfortably deep sleep). But with as well as he’s been hitting the ball, it’s foolish to think that the putter won't click at least twice next year.
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