Tiger Woods 2012: 4 Reasons Why Woods Will Win a Major Again in 2013

Daniel ZhuContributor INovember 7, 2012

Tiger Woods 2012: 4 Reasons Why Woods Will Win a Major Again in 2013

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    Tiger Woods was once the greatest golfer in the modern era.

    After winning the 2008 U.S. Open, the last major he won, Woods has gone through some issues in his personal life and changes in his swing.

    Today, Woods is still probably the best golfer on the planet, but he is nowhere near the Tiger Woods of old.

    With that being said, his 2012 season has propelled him in the right direction.

    Woods has won three times, and while none of his victories were majors, it's only a matter of time before he strikes again on the big stage.

    He's more consistent and his ball striking has certainly improved as the year progressed.

    He's no longer thinking about the swing, but actually more focused on playing golf out on the course.

    These key improvements will lead Woods to a major championship in 2013.

Improved Ball Striking

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    After revamping his swing, Woods struggled through the 2011 season with inconsistent ball striking. However, he made a drastic improvement in 2012, and his ball striking is solid once again.

    Woods is hitting his irons well and knocking them closer to the hole. At the CIMB Classic last week, Woods was putting on a ball-striking clinic, knocking most of his approach shots stiff.

    This consistent ball striking is essential to Woods if he wants to win a major championship in 2013.

    He has control of his swing now, so he won't be hitting too many loose shots like he used to. Besides, if Woods is giving himself plenty of birdie opportunities, the rest of the field better watch out.

3 Wins This Season

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    For most players, three wins on the PGA Tour is a great achievement in any year. In Tiger Woods' book, however, any year without a major is simply a good year.

    With that being said, it can't be denied that Woods has improved in 2012. He's won three times going down the stretch with some of the best golfers in the world.

    Woods battled with Graeme McDowell at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and went head-to-head with Bo Van Pelt at the AT&T National. Tiger also holed his miraculous flop shot on the 16th hole at the Memorial, which Jack Nicklaus called the gustiest shot he had ever seen.

    All in all, it has been a great year for Woods. He is heading in the right direction, and his confidence is certainly growing. There's no doubt that he will start next year in strong fashion.

Better Accuracy and Consistency off the Tee

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    There is no doubt that Tiger has improved his accuracy off the tee, and that accuracy is also more consistent these days.

    Woods is hitting more fairways because he is hitting more three woods and long irons off the tee, but he can still bomb a driver over 300 yards down the middle of the fairway.

    At the British Open this year, Woods stuck to a long iron and three wood off-the-tee game plan, and he hit most of the fairways that week. As a matter of fact, Woods had a great chance to win his 15th major with this conservative game plan.

    Overall, Woods is more accurate and consistent off the tee, but he may be sacrificing some distance, which is a fair trade.

Improved Putting

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    Back in his prime, Tiger Woods was automatic on the greens from 10 feet and in. He wielded the flatstick like no one ever had, and his ability to make pressure putts made him even more unbeatable.

    There is no doubt that he has since had some struggles with the putter, and his woes seem to be in close range. From outside of 20 feet, Woods is at the top of the rankings, but he is definitely not the same from four to five feet.

    His misses from close range have certainly increased, and many of his putts are sliding just by the cup or lipping out. Woods has lost some of his ability to knock in the five-foot par putts to keep the momentum of a round going,