Young versus Old, The Year to Remember
With the close of 2012 and the opening of a New Year, I wanted to have you weigh in on the upcoming golf season. Will it be a year to remember? Who will be “player of the year” in 2013?
We witnessed the dominance of Rory this past year and I think we can expect another strong showing from him this coming year.
However I think Rory’s dominance has awakened a sleeping Tiger.
I am going to go out on a limb and predict that Tiger will have a great year. I obviously don’t have a crystal ball but I have a very good feeling that we will see a tremendous comeback in Tiger.
My one hesitation with a dominant Tiger prediction is – “Can he stay healthy?”. If Tiger stays healthy this year, my votes on him for MVP. I think he is getting all the swing work tightened up and has come to the point where he is understanding the changes, and can trust them under pressure. In my opinion, he will improve his putting this year and will win one… possibly two majors. I think he has a little gas left in the tank and wants more than anything to prove all the naysayers wrong.
Tiger’s best asset throughout his career was his mental strength and his ability to “will” his way to victory. While we haven’t seen that side of him the last couple of seasons, I think he will summon it back for 2013.
So while I know Rory will do well, I don’t believe he will be the dominant force that many are predicting.
Two other players that I have to mention as front runners for 2013 player of the year honors are Charles Schwartzel and Phil Mickelson.
Schwartzel was on fire as 2012 came to a close and I’d love to see him keep that going. He will be on to watch for sure.
And the player I always route for… my heartfelt player is Phil Mickelson. I would love to see Phil play great. Tournaments are more exciting when he is in the mix. His game is fun to watch, he has a true passion for golf which makes him less methodical during tournaments compared to some of the other players.
Share your 2013 predictions in the comments below.