From Tiger Woods to Ryder Cup: 5 Questions for PGA in 2012
Can Tiger win another Major?
Tiger Woods finally got off his two year winless streak in December and posted a win at his invite only Chevron party at Sherwood Country Club in Los Angeles.
He did perform well late 2011 leading up to the Chevron. He was a solid third in the Aussie Open the week prior to the Presidents Cup.
Tiger played very well in the Presidents Cup even though he only earned two points. TW completely dominated Aaron Baddeley 4-3 in their singles match.
Personal problems, injuries and swing changes seem to be things of the past and Woods appeared to be getting close to regaining his old flair on the golf course.
Will he get back on track to catch Jack Nicklaus’ 18 major titles in 2012?
Will Rory start fulfilling his Potential?
Rory McIlroy had quite a year in 2011. He blew winning the Masters in April in World Class fashion by completely tanking on the back 9 at Augusta. the picture of him standing by a cabin on the 11th after his wayward drive will be added to golf lore forever.
McIlroy then came back at the very next major, the U. S. Open, blew away the field in majestic fashion and gave the world one of the all time greatest U. S. Open wins.
He even tried to give Luke Donald a run for the European Tour’s Money Title at the end of the year, but Dengue and Wazzilroy Fevers plus too much travel put an end to his most wonderful adventure.
It is very hard to believe that Rory has only won three times in 97 starts in Europe. He did win twice on the European Tour in 2011 with one of those being the U. S. Open.
Rors has accepted PGA membership this year. will 2012 be the break out year for this young super star? Are there multiple wins, as well as, more majors in Rory’s immediate future?
Can Luke Donald hold onto the No. 1 world ranking, continue his consistent play, and win a major in 2012?
Yes, yes, and yes. with Luke’s short game abilities and grittiness he will continue to be a factor in 2012.
Luke Donald constructed one of the best years ever in golf by overtaking Martin Kaymer early in 2011 and claiming the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Rankings. He then set his sights on winning the money titles on both the European and PGA tours.
He captured the PGA money title in grand fashion with a win at the final event of the PGA season, the Childrens Hospital Miracle Network Championship at Disney in November.
It was a must win to surpass upstart Webb Simpson who had slipped ahead of Luke and into the top position on the PGA money list by finishing runner-up after losing in a playoff to Ben Crane at the McGladery Classic on Sea Island, Georgia.
Donald then took a month off to mourn the death of his father and rejoice in the birth of his second child.
He returned to golf in December and finished third at the Dubai World Championship the last event of the year on the European Tour to win the European Tour’s Money Title and complete his Golfing Trifecta.
Luke finished 2011 as the first player ever to hold the No. 1 ranking in the world, on the PGA, and European Tours simultaneously.
He has already assembled his team and set a goal of winning majors in 2012.
Anyone want to bet against him? not Me.
Will the Europeans dominate in Ryder Cup, again?
Of the Ryder Cup Matches contested in the past decade, the Europeans have outscored the Americans 78.5-61.5 and won four of the five contests. the lone American victory came in 2008 at Valhalla Golf Club just outside of Louisville.
The 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor offered some rotten weather, faulty rain gear, fantastic performances, lots of crying, and a one point win for the Euros.
When Hunter Mahan chunked his chip shot on the 16th hole in the last match left on the golf course, Graeme McDowell drained another ho-hum long putt to win the match 3-1 and clinch for the European Team.
Europeans currently hold the top four spots on the Official World Golf Ranking, and they have 11 players in the top 25 in the OWGR. the Europeans will bring an experienced and talented team to Medinah in September.
The 2012 USA Ryder Cup team is sure to include many young faces, Webb Simpson, Keegan Bradley, Nick Watney, bill Haas, and Gary Woodland to name just a few. will a resurgent Tiger Woods plus these young stars be enough to take the Ryder Cup from the Europeans?
Will an American win a major in 2012?
Phil Mickelson’s 2010 Masters win and Keegan Bradley’s win at the 2011 PGA Championship are the only two American major championship victories in the last nine events. Tiger Woods hasn’t won a major since his 2008, broken leg, 92 hole, U. S. Open thriller over Rocco Mediate at Torrey Pines.
European and International players have dominated the major events for the last two years. Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer, and a host of other international golfers will make it difficult for American born players to break through.
Tiger may still be the best bet to win a major in 2012. He appears ready to resume his quest of catching Jack Nicklaus. El Tigre be ready for the Masters in April and is sure to be the odds on favorite to collect his fifth Green Jacket.
Dustin Johnson, Webb Simpson, Gary Woodland, Matt Kuchar, Nick Watney and bill Haas all had very successful 2011 seasons, are now experienced and may be ready to capture major titles.
These are just a few of the many interesting story lines for the 2012 golf season.
It should be an exciting year on the PGA Tour.