Tiger Woods Looks Primed For Big Year

By Andy Schmidt
Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The last number of years has been very tough on Tiger Woods. Woods made his first PGA start of 2013 at the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego and promptly went out to win the tournament easily in a Monday finish. Could this be a new Woods in 2013 that has a chance to win several tournaments and get back to his old ways of dominating the sport? I’m not sure if that is the case, but something is different this year.

Woods appears to be more confident that he has been lately. There is a certain presence that Woods carries onto the course that gets into other golfers’ heads. When Woods jumps out early in a tournament and has a lead after two rounds, most golfers just decide that the tournament is already over. Woods could still reach the record of 18 majors won by Jack Nicklaus, but time is starting to slip away from Woods as he gets older. I think if Woods is going to get closer to that record, this is the time to do it.

With a solid win to begin 2013, Woods should be able to go to The Masters in April, where he has had a ton of success, with all the confidence in the world. Everyone knows that there is no golfer like Woods on the planet when he is on his game. It looks to me from this tournament that Woods is on again without any doubt in my mind. That should scare every golfer out there. Woods appears to be back and is on the warpath yet again.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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