Everyone has an opinion regarding the future of Tiger Woods. And it's typically a pretty strong persuasion for or against his return to dominance on the PGA Tour.
I'm not saying Woods will ever regain the form that earned him 14 major tournament wins. That type of supremacy seems impossible for any athlete to maintain—no matter what their circumstances—especially as they get older.
But I do believe he can and will become far more competitive than he's been since his last PGA Tour victory at the BMW Championship in 2009.
That, in itself, defines "back" for Tiger Woods—his name on leaderboards week after week.
I spent some time at Nike Golf's R&D facility, The Oven, recently, and asked Putting Designer and Model Maker David Franklin to offer his input on Tiger's future. He said:
"I believe 2012 is an absolutely crucial year for Tiger. He showed flashes of brilliance in 2011 and I feel he will string together four rounds of that in 2012. You can't ever underestimate his abilities as a competitor. He brings so much excitement to the sport and it'll be fun to watch."
I agree. Here are 10 reasons Tiger Woods will be back in 2012.