Tiger Woods: Predicting His Victories During the 2012 Season
Coming off of his first victory in two years, things are finally beginning to look up for Tiger Woods.
In the two years that passed between his last victory and his win at the Chevron, nearly everything in his life has changed.
What hasn't changed, however, is the dominance he can display on the golf course. He has shown flashes of it in the past two seasons, but last weekend was the first time he put his game together for four full days.
So now we head to the 2012 golf season, and the big question is when and where Tiger will win.
Well, I am here to answer those questions. Here are my predictions for the victories Tiger will amass in the rapidly-approaching 2012 season.
1. World Golf Championships, Cadillac Championship: March 7-11
Tiger Woods has always played well at Doral, the host course for the Cadillac Championship.
While it isn't as friendly to him as Firestone Country Club or Bay Hill, something about the Doral's Blue Monster fits Tiger's game. He has won the Cadillac six times since 1999, proving he has the history to win this tournament.
So it should come as no surprise to anyone when Tiger grabs his first victory of the 2012 season at the Cadillac Championship.
2. The Masters: April 5-8
The past two years, when Tiger's game was in the depths of despair, he always found a way to compete at the Masters.
With back-to-back ties for fourth place in 2010 and 2011, Tiger showed that the golf had not completely escaped him.
The past two seasons, Tiger has not been confident with his game, and he has not been healthy.
Heading into Augusta in 2012, Tiger will be both of these things. There is every reason to expect him to walk away with his first green jacket since 2005.
Augusta National is a course Tiger could play left-handed, in the dark. He feels most comfortable here, and I expect him to notch his 15th major victory down in Georgia.
3. The Memorial Tournament: May 28-June 3
In 2009, Tiger Woods shot a final-round 65 to win the Memorial Tournament.
In the final two holes, Woods had two clutch birdies to win, very similar to his clutch birdies to notch his first victory in over two years a few weeks ago at the Chevron.
Woods feels comfortable at the Memorial, hosted by Jack Nicklaus. He knows the course, and he knows how to win on the course.
Woods should have no problem winning here in 2012.
4. The British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Anne's: July 19-22
Let me say that if Tiger wins the Masters in April, I do not think he will also win the British Open.
His game has greatly improved from last season; I am just not convinced it is consistent enough to win two majors next year.
That being said, if he fails to win the Masters, he will win the British at Royal Lytham & St.Anne's.
Tiger has the game to win one major next year and it could very well be across the pond.