Tigers Woods will regain his top spot in 2012. Here are the reasons why.
The biggest reason Tiger will be back this year is talent. Woods boats the best, possibly rarest talent in golf we have ever seen. That kind of athletic acumen does not go away overnight.
Losing his family to a sex scandal coupled with an knee injury aided his demise in 2010. But those issues will not break an amazing career.
There is still plenty of magic left in his swing. In 2011, Tiger will prove it. He will be the latest athlete to prove he is human before wowing us with his amazing ability.
The one thing we all knew about Tiger Woods before his scandal was that he had immense drive. Besides his talent, it was the second reason he was so good.
He refused for anyone to beat him. He took losses with great anguish and made certain to be better at the next tournament.
Tiger is facing the toughest trial of his career. He must rebound from the worst season and do it with a scandal still looming.
There are a great number of detractors who say Tiger is finished. That is good news for Woods. The more people saying he can't, the more he will attempt to prove them wrong.
Tiger will not rest until he is again the No. 1 golfer in the world.
We were once told that Elin would leave America and take the kids to Sweden. It seems that is ever the more unlikely.
Woods will have the peace of mind of leaving a good portion of his life behind him as he will be moving to a house.
The word is that Elin will be moving as well, not too far from Tiger. That news must take a great burden off the mind of Tiger Woods.
He must have grappled all year with the thought of losing his children to another country. He at least knows they will be nearby to see them.
The year 2010 was not a complete wash. Tiger Woods may not have won any tournaments, but he did show some flashes of pre-2010 Tiger.
There was no more bigger illustration of who he really is than the 2010 Masters. Woods had a dismal first two rounds. Then Saturday started off with much of the same.
Then as if to make a brief cameo, the old Tiger showed through for a bit. He shot a back-nine 31 en route to shooting a five-under-par 66 on Saturday.
That was the lowest round of the tournament by any golfer and put him back in contention.
Lest we forget, he also had a fantastic near-win in the Chevron World Challenge in December. While he lost, he showed to be more adept through four rounds.
Most saw him choke away a possible victory, I see it as a potential return to form.
Tiger may have detractors in the media. But it is hard to find anyone among his colleagues that thinks he is washed up.
Three-time tour winner Anthony Kim stated, "Tiger will be Tiger again."
U.S. Open winner Graeme McDowell chimed in, "I'm sure he has his doubters after the last 12 months, but he is the best golfer who has ever played the game, especially when he's been backed up against a wall...Considering the motivation, the energy he puts into the game, I think he'll be back and could be better than ever."
Those who are closest to Tiger on the course can see what he is struggling with. Another golfer can see when an opponent has it or doesn't. It is clear that his closest competitors are convinced that he will be back to challenge in 2011.
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