Woods reflects on 2012 season in blog post


Like seemingly every golf media outlet, Tiger Woods recently cranked out his own Year in Review, which was posted on his website Monday.

Here are some of the highlights – other than Woods revealing that the best present he ever received was space Legos:

On his 2012 season: “Golf-wise, there’s really no comparison between this year and last year. This year, I got a chance to play a full season, compete and win golf tournaments, whereas last year, I was hurt most of the time. 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 a while; 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.”

On his best shot of the season, the chip-in on 16 Sunday at the Memorial: “The lie is what dictated my swinging that hard. I just tried to undercut the ball and hit it high in the air to take water long out of play. I just tried to leave it short and let it land to the left about 20 feet, catch that ridge and roll down to the hole. For Jack to say ‘I don’t think under the circumstances I’ve ever seen a better shot’ was pretty sweet.”

On his goals for 2013: “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.”

On Rory McIlroy’s 2012 season: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.”

On Tom Watson being named Ryder Cup captain: “I’d like to congratulate Tom on his selection. I think he’s a really good choice. He knows what it takes to win, and that’s our ultimate goal. I hope I have the privilege of joining him on the 2014 United States team.”

On the upcoming Rose Bowl game between Stanford and Wisconsin: “I’m planning on seeing the Cardinal beat the Badgers. It’s going to be another great game. You’ve got two big-time running teams playing against each other. There are going to be a lot of sore bodies by the end of the night.”