Tiger Woods: 5 Bold Predictions for the 2012 Season

Justin RunionContributor IIIOctober 12, 2011

Tiger Woods: 5 Bold Predictions for the 2012 Season

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    After his promising performance at the Frys.com Open, Tiger has left us craving for more action. Was his success just an apparition of the Tiger we once knew, or is he on his way back to dominance? I sincerely hope for the latter, as golf is just plain better with Tiger performing at a high level. Without further ado, I present to you my five bold predictions for 2012.

Tiger Will Find the Putting Stroke That He Is so Famous for

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    Remember when Tiger went on his seven consecutive win streak in 2006? If Tiger's approach was within 10 feet of the pin and he missed the putt, you were shocked.

    That's how dominating he was on the green in '06. He ranked 24th in total putting, but I'm positive that if there was a clutch putting stat during that stretch, he would have topped the list.

    It seems like he has stopped fooling around with that mallet putter, and has went back to the Newport-Type model that won him 71 tournaments.

He Will Snap His Winless Streak at the Farmers Insurance Open

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    Tiger won this tournament four years in a row between 2005 and 2008. He can play Torrey Pines better than anyone on the planet. He shares the record lowest 72 hole score (-22) with George Burns.

    Wouldn't it just make sense if he quenched his winless thirst here?

He Will Go Undefeated in Ryder Cup Singles Play

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    I don't know about you, but the conclusion to the 2010 Ryder Cup was one of my least favorite moments in golf history.

    But remember how great Woods played?

    Remember that approach shot he spun back in to the hole?

    Remember his and Stricker's teamwork reading puts.

    He needed that Cup win just as bad as anyone, and I believe he was truly devastated at the outcome.

    The Ryder Cup returns to US soil September 25th, 2011 at Medinah C.C.

He Will Regain the Fear Factor

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    I don't know how many tournaments that overnight leaders have faltered and fallen off the lead because of the roars that they heard every 10 minutes behind them.

    I can tell you first hand that no one, not even Phil Mickelson, can incite crowd roars like Tiger Woods can.

    It doesn't matter how focused the golfer is. If he realizes that the majority of the tournament patrons are rooting for Woods to hunt him down, he is going to falter.

Tiger Will Wear the Green Jacket in 2012

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    Through all of the madness and mayhem that has been the past two years for Tiger Woods, he performed well in both showings at the Masters. He finished T6 in 2009 and T4 in 2010.

    In 2009 he was playing on god-given ability alone, and his putting was lacking.

    In 2010 he was right in the middle of a swing change with new coach Sean Foley.

    If Tiger has everything together when he drives down Magnolia Lane next year, there won't be a golfer on the planet that can hold him off.


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