With everything that has been going on in the Tiger Woods camp, it has always been about winning and now that Tiger has won, it is time to move forward and look ahead to winning more in 2012. Tim would rank this win as about a 7-8 but does not give the Chevron World Challenge as much weight as a full-field event. Lee Westwood’s win in a limited field event in the Nedbank Golf Challenge also awarded World Ranking points and while you can argue the value, wins are wins.
If Zach Johnson had held on to win on Sunday, it would not have changed his expectations for 2012 that much because of what he saw from Tiger’s game in Australia during the Emirates Australian Open and the Presidents Cup. The way he was swinging and performing in Australia led Tim to believe that he was close to winning again. The way that Tiger carried himself during his Wednesday News Conference as well as on the golf course at Chevron was more evidence that Tiger was ready to win again. For a long time, Tiger did not look all the way there but he is starting to chip and putt well and has been able to practice and improve a lot while in Jupiter at the Medalist Golf Club.
J.B. Holmes is returning to golf for the first time this week at the Franklin Templeton Shootout after undergoing brain surgery at Johns Hopkins University about three months ago. Holmes is a little nervous about how people will judge the way he looks after having to take some serious medication and gaining weight as well as the fact that he will not be hitting the ball as long as he usually does when he is partnered with Kenny Perry in Naples, FL.
Dana Quigley’s son Devon was in an auto accident last weekend and is now in critical condition. Devon was coming home after playing golf in West Palm Beach when he crashed. Dana Quigley is one of the most well-liked players on the Champions Tour and at this point, everyone is just praying and Devon continues to stay alive in the hospital. No one knows what the future looks like for Devon if he even survives. Dana is coping with this well from a spiritual sense but this is still incredibly tough on everyone right now.
Looking ahead to 2012, Tim thinks that Tiger will need about three wins for most people to consider the year to be a success. The way that Tiger is playing right now and what he has shown that he can do, three wins is definitely in the realm of possibility and a Major Championship could be a part of that. Before the win, most people were saying less than three but since the win, three seems to be a popular number.
Rory McIlroy has a long-shot chance to take the Race to Dubai from Luke Donald if he wins the Dubai World Championship. In Tim’s mind, if Rory wins this week and wins the Race to Dubai,he would have won must-win events in consecutive weeks and when you add the U.S. Open title to it, Rory would be the worldwide player of the year. The Major Championship would trump anything else in his opinion.