For the better part of a decade, whenever anyone talked about golf, Tiger Woods was part of the conversation. He was able to string together one of the most remarkable, and longest lasting, runs of success that the golf world had seen in quite some time.
Every time he entered a tournament, Woods was favored to win. He knew it. The rest of the field knew it. It was like they were beaten even before they stepped on the course. As long as Woods was anywhere near the top of the leaderboard, it was likely he would pull out a victory. And forget about going head to head in the final group with him. His intensity and skill were too much to overcome.
He currently has 14 major championships under his belt, and is still very much in the running to at least take aim at Jack Nicklaus’ record 18 major victories. Despite the fact that he has failed to win a major since the 2008 U.S. Open, things are looking up for Woods.
He was able put together a string of very solid performances in 2012 and that is something that his competitors should be keep an eye on. If Tiger is able to get back to playing anywhere near the level he was at when he ruled the world of golf, then he may very well end his career with over 20 majors to his name.
In this video TG’s Features Writer Kit Alexander and Instruction Editor Joel Tadman look at the battle between Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods that will unfold in 2013.
Woods will be looking to silence his critics and win another major, while McIlroy wants to assert his dominance on the world number one ranking.
In the video below our duo debate who will have the upper hand come 2014.
But as the days in 2012 dwindle down to a precious few, Woods is feeling optimistic about the future. Perhaps the main reason for that is he is feeling healthy again.
Woods has had his share of physical problems to go along with the emotional ills that became so public when his marriage to Elin Nordegren fell apart in 2009 following revelations about his private life (source: BBC.com).
Woods’ most serious physical problem has been a left knee injury that required surgery and has caused significant pain over the years. He has has several other injuries as well (source: U-TSan Diego.com).
As he looks toward 2013, Woods’ health problems have become a nonissue. That’s not saying they won’t crop up again or new ones won’t develop, but he is feeling relatively strong.
That gives him more confidence than he has had at any point since 2008, which happens to be the last time he won a major.
The challenge of winning the Masters, the U.S. Open, the British Open and the PGA continues to be Woods’ primary goal.
He passed the $100 million mark in earnings in 2012, but that’s not overly special to Woods, even though he is the only golfer to win that much cash.