As 2012 comes to a close, Tiger Woods posted his own Year in Review to his blog on Monday.
Following a tough 2011 season that was plagued by injury, Woods claimed three victories in 2012 and finished the year ranked No. 3 in the world.
It was nice to win three times on the PGA Tour. They were all different for varying reasons. The first one — the Arnold Palmer Invitational — just to win, because I hadn’t won in awhile; the second — the Memorial Tournament — was to tie Jack Nicklaus’ number for most wins (73); and the third, at my tournament — the AT&T National — to pass Jack’s total.
Tiger’s success was somewhat overshadowed by the success of Rory McIlroy, and the media’s hunger for a rivalry between the two. During his blog post, Woods touched on the issue.
Rory McIlroy had a wonderful year, and my hat is off to him. He deserved Player of the Year. Whether we develop a rivalry remains to be seen. Let’s just let it play out and see where it takes us. We’ll look at the results the next five or 10 years and see if it becomes a rivalry or not. We’ll have to win big events and play each other down the stretch. That hasn’t happened yet. We’ve only played each other at Honda down the stretch. We need a lot more of those type of battles, but in bigger events.
In addition to recounting his victories, Woods spoke of his hopes for 2013.
Looking ahead to next year, I’m just trying to win those big four tournaments, and obviously try to use other events to prepare for them and try to win them as well. I’ve had to alter my practice schedule because my kids come first. They’re my No. 1 priority. It takes a little better time management on my part to figure all that out, but I expect to play a similar number of events.
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