John Hawkins - March 7, 2012


In an article on, he wrote a list of what he feels are Tiger’s best rounds of his career. He would place the final round 62 at PGA National in the lower part of the top 10 simply because it did not lead to a win. He could not remember a time when he saw Tiger look that good in his entire game for a round of golf. 62 is a very low score but it was not as low as it could have been because Tiger missed a couple of makeable putts.

Tiger’s biggest rival, in his opinion, is not himself at this point although that would be a sexy answer at this point. Rory McIlroy is not Tiger’s rival but Jack Nicklaus is because as far as Tiger is concerned, the only number that matters now is 18 and that is still in front of him.

Rory McIlroy is not only the World #1 but he is also undoubtedly in his mind the best player in the world. He does not know if it will actually happen but Rory definitely has the game to win multiple Majors which can go into the double digits and his 8-shot win in the U.S. Open in 2011 is proof of that.

Keegan Bradley will be making his first Masters appearance next month and although he does not want be the frog in the punchbowl so to speak, he does not see Bradley winning The Masters this year. Hawkins feels that the long putter on those fast greens will keep him from winning at Augusta National although he acknowledged that Bradley’s game could easily net him a top 10 this year.