YES! — Gary Player, nine-time Major champion
YES, and golf needs him to. Tiger is one of the most talented players I have ever seen, but more importantly, he has the mental ability to win Majors and a work ethic that is second to none. I believe that Tiger wants to be number one again and break Jack's record, and if I'm correct, we should see him win a Major in 2012. The key for Tiger is his mind. He went through some difficult personal issues and then had to deal with an injury and swing changes that set him back. If Tiger is as mentally dedicated and focused as he was a few years ago, he should win his 15th Major in 2012, and I suspect it will be the Masters. He always seems to excel at Augusta National, and when you're a four-time champion, you obviously know how to play the course and don the Green Jacket.
NO! — Brandel Chamblee, Golf Channel analyst
NO, he will not. If he didn't have an incessant need to change his swing, he would have already won closer to 25 Majors and this discussion would be moot. If we use his past as a guide as to when he'll be comfortable with his swing, it'll be at least the middle of 2013 before Tiger stops playing golf swing and begins to play golf again, although it's important to remember that those previous swing changes were made when his body was younger and healthier. But besides his swing, there are other reasons he'll struggle in 2012. The Major venues, with the obvious exception of Augusta National, will hobble Tiger. Olympic and Royal Lytham have not been kind to him even when he was healthy and swinging well, and the PGA is on a Pete Dye course — Tiger does not play Dye courses well, primarily because they severely punish his wide misses.
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