John Hawkins - December 7, 2011


On Tiger’s win in the Chevron World Challenge, Hawkins said that on a scale of 1-10, he gives the win a 7 in terms of how impressed he was with the win. It is not a knock on Tiger but the fact is he beat a field of 18 players in an event where he has almost always played well. Tiger handled the pressure well and it was great to see him hit shots that he had not seen Tiger hit in a long time. He disagrees strongly with the awarding of World Ranking points to an 18-player field but that is the way it is. Tiger closed the year strong but it is not the same as a full-field win. Having covered the PGA TOUR for 16 years, he said he would be more impressed if Tiger won a full-field event as long as the event had a number of notable, high-ranked players in the field as well. For example, he would give more weight to a premium field event like the Farmers Insurance Open than he would to a Fall Series event like the Open.

Rory McIlroy has a slim chance to take the Race to Dubai from Luke Donald and for this to happen, Luke will have to do something he has not done very often this year: finish outside the top 9. He enjoys the Race to Dubai and feels that it adds up to a step forward for the European Tour. The European Tour needed something to define its literally year-long playing schedule and the Race to Dubai does this. It is a great thing to have McIlroy and Donald battling for this title and it produces increased interest.

When it comes to the question of best golfer in the world right now, he feels that Luke Donald is the most consistent and that Rory McIlroy brings the best combination of established success and potential. He feels that McIlroy at this moment right now is the best player in the world.