Year-end wins make 2012 look even more tantalizing
Tiger Woods' win over the weekend, along with wins by Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood, whets the appetite for 2012.
It was a Sunday when everything finally fell into a place.
No more wondering who would one-up who; which player would make us shake our collective heads and realize that it was just one of those years. One where all bets were off; one where the usual suspects were usually MIA.
Yes, after a season filled with surprises, golf delivered a three-part knockout punch. No majors. No almost majors. Just end-of-the-year events, limited fields, large paychecks and a serious global reach.
Three continents, three wins and, just maybe a glimpse into the future.
Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood are, after all, are the three-fifths of golf's biggest guys and it feels as if they all may be jumpstarting their 2012 seasons. Add Luke Donald and Phil Mickelson and you've got the serious must-haves for any tournament.
And that the stars finally aligned and all three of them won on the same day? The golf gods couldn't have planned that, could they? Regardless, after a season of new faces and surprises on a weekly basis, we started thinking that these guys might just be ready to step up and claim the 2012 season as a group.