The 2012 PGA season is now underway. While many of us sitting at home would relish the idea of playing a few rounds of golf in Hawaii at this time of year, most of the big names are also at home, presumably working on their game.
In the same way that many people like to talk about presidential candidates that are not actually in the race, golf fans like to talk about players that are not actually playing these first few events of the year. The prime example is, of course, one Eldrick T. Woods.
The great debate for golf fans is will Tiger Woods win in 2012. I walked into an office recently while two colleagues were in a debate about this very subject. Finally, after a good deal of back and forth, a bet was proposed. Will Tiger Woods win four tournaments, including a major, in 2012? As the bet hung in the air, I asked if they were going to restrict it to official PGA Tour wins, or count any victory worldwide. The combatants were quick to stipulate official PGA Tour wins and shook hands.
I am not a betting man, but was I to wager on this topic I would have to say that Tiger will not win four PGA Tour events in 2012, including at least one major. To do this would be an incredible accomplishment for most. Consider this: There were seven men that won multiple events on the PGA Tour in 2011. However, no one won more than two events, and only one man--Keegan Bradley--also won a major.
Now, most will say that Tiger Woods is no ordinary player. I would absolutely agree with that. His record of accomplishment is unrivaled in the post-Nicklaus era. In fact, Woods has won at least four PGA Tour events, including at least one major, eight times in his career. The most recent instance was in 2008, when Tiger entered only six PGA Tour events. That fact in and of itself is almost unbelievable, yet such is Tiger's record.
In case you are curious, Tiger tees it up for the first time this year at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in the United Arab Emirates, beginning on Jan. 26, 2012. The competition in Abu Dhabi is expected to be strong, as Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy and Martin Kaymer are also anticipated to make appearances.
Additionally, this means that Woods will be skipping the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, which is scheduled for the same week. Keep in mind that the Farmers Insurance Open has been kind to Woods, as it is an event that he won in 2006, 2007 and 2008, as his first tournament start of each year. Skipping this event will perhaps make getting that first win on the PGA Tour this year a little more difficult.
Dwight is an avid golfer. While still relatively new to the game, he plays as often as the weather and his schedule will allow.