You didn't think we'd leave him off the "Top 100 Players to Watch list," did you? Not hardly. Not after the way Tiger Woods ended the 2011 season. He'll be top of mind for curious golf fans next year as Woods strives to regain the form that made him the near-invincible No. 1 player in the world.
By the time the summer was over, Woods was finally healthy again. He could practice the swing that he's painstakingly rebuilt with Sean Foley. He grew more comfortable with the changes with every repetition and increasingly confident he could make alterations on the fly when need be.
Still, Fred Couples' announcement that Woods would be one of his Captains Picks for The Presidents Cup wasn't greeted with universal approval. But Woods showed that faith was well-placed when he went Down Under and tied for third at the Aussie Masters and then went 2-3-0 at Royal Melbourne.
A win two weeks later at the Chevron World Challenge was further proof 2012 could be an exciting year.
The sport of Golf gives its athletes long careers and plenty of time to overcome. As the sports best athlete, wins are not likely to elude him forever....