5 Reasons Why Tiger Woods Will Be World’s Number One Golfer Again
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Now that Tiger Woods has made a commitment to his golf game again, and has decided to play a somewhat full schedule, the question has come up, will he ever return to the player he was during the early part of the 21st century?
During the 2012 golf season, Tiger Woods spent most of the year, trying to re-vamp his golf swing. How many players have we seen in golf history that won three tournaments, and a touch over $ 6,000,000 in a year that they were, quote, "re-tooling their golf game"? That is a full season for most mortal golfers, but not Tiger Woods. In fact, there are a lot of golfers on the PGA Tour today that would like to have those stats for a career.
The only hole I can see in Tiger Woods' game is his inability to control distances with his wedges. Although he is one of the best pressure putters I have ever seen, when you are leaving 12'-15' putts on every hole, or further, you are not going to make many birdies. Even the pro's have to get the ball close to the hole on a high percentage of their approach shots they play, in order to get the birdie count up.
The World Golf Rankings put more points on winning Major golf tournaments than any other stat. Tiger has won 14 majors in his career, and is looking to beat the record of 18 set by Jack Nicklaus. Jack won his last major in 1986 at the age of 46. Tiger will turn 38 later this month, so with about 8 years left, he will have to get busy in the next couple of years to achieve his goal.
The following slide-show will contain the 5 reasons I think Tiger Woods has a chance to be the world's number one golfer again.
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Tiger Woods is with out doubt, one of the most fierce competitors I have ever seen. He demands absolute perfection from himself at all times. I have never seen Tiger blame anyone but himself for problems he is having on the golf course. He understands his game and his capability at all times, although he doesn't always perform to perfection, he is always putting in the effort to be the World's Number 1.
Notah Begay, who went through college at Stanford University with Tiger, said on the broadcast during the World Golf Challenge, that Tiger would go play in the rain to test his game against the elements. Who else does that?
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He Knows How To Win:
You always hear about golfers getting to the final round with a share of the lead, and after they lose, they said they were under a great deal of pressure and didn't know how to deal with it. Just look at what Rory McIlroy did during the 2011 Masters. He made the turn on Sunday with a share of the lead, and his game totally went South. Rory came back at the US Open after the experience, and found a way to win the big one. Tiger has done it 14 times in major tournaments, not to mention the 77 total career wins he has on his resume.
Tiger Woods knows how to win, and he knows how the be the guy everyone wants to beat. For years, people were intimidated by Tiger, and having to play against him head to head was a nightmare. The golf announcers say he is less intimidating now, but if he gets on a roll and wins another major, I think the intimidation factor will return.
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Tiger Woods is a Workaholic:
Tiger Woods has the work ethic of a football player. He stays fit, and practices his game to the nth degree. He lives, and breathes his game, and actually perfects shots he will need for a particular golf course. I don't think other golfers put that kind of effort into their games.
When you see him hit a miraculous wedge shot at The Memorial to make a birdie where everyone is expecting a bogey or worse, it is because he has practiced that shot until he can pull it off to perfection, on command.
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Tiger Woods spent some time this year at the number two ranking. He was pushed down to third late in the year by Luke Donald because Luke was playing tournaments that counted while Tiger was resting.
Tiger fell to 66th in the world rankings by the end of the 2010 season, and by 2011, had fell even further to 128th. In one season, he came all the way back to second. The only golfer that can legitimately challenge him is the current number one, Rory McIlroy. The remainder of golfers around the top are Luke Donald at number two, with Justin Rose, and Adam Scott filling out the top 5. None of those people can beat a well oiled Tiger Woods that is on his game.
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Tiger Woods appears to have his personal life straightened out, and seems to be on track to resume his golf career. At age 38, he has a good five years left to dominate this game like he once did. Although there are some good golfers out there, none of them have the resume, and what we called in the military, time in rate that Tiger has. I don't have any doubt that he can assume the number one position, and stay there for some period of time. Maybe not with the longevity he once enjoyed, but he will see him at the top of the golf world again, soon.
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