The biggest name in the golf world is Tiger Woods, and few of his competitors receive a fraction of the media attention he commands. Tiger is the man, but right now, there are many players vying for his title as the best golfer in the world.
Woods regained his number one ranking this year, and went on to have a spectacular season. He won five times and was voted Player of the Year. Most questions about Tiger’s game have been answered except for his ability to win majors again. Winning majors will be the storyline in 2014, but Tiger’s winless streak has more to do with world-class players realizing their potential than Tiger’s lack of focus.
This year’s major winners are among the best in the world, and have loads of confidence going into the 2013-2014 season. Adam Scott won the Masters in April, and is currently second to Woods in the World Golf Rankings. Brian Wacker of PGATOUR.com writes about Scott getting to within striking distance of Woods after his incredible play since 2011.
Justin Rose won the U.S. Open in June and is currently fifth in the world. Rose’s incredible performance at Merion was a long time coming for the established Englishman. In July, Phil Mickelson shot 66 in the final round of the British Open to win his fifth major. Phil has about three to five more years of great golf ahead. Jason Dufner won the season’s final major, and the PGA Champ is a scary good ball striker who will be contending in plenty of majors in the future. Henrik Stenson is another player who may crush Tiger’s hopes because he is the hottest golfer on the planet.
You may be an average sports fan waiting for the return of Tiger’s Sunday dramatics at a major, and I understand because it is the best show in sports. However, the competition between Tiger and his fellow competitors is as good as ever, setting the stage for a magical 2014.