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2012 Will Be Year of the Tiger

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Perception is reality, so I’m obligated to declare this the Year of the Tiger, with his heralded 2012 debut on the world and PGA Tour stages, respectively, coming up.

Tiger Woods kicks off the season at this week’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship and follows with the AT&T Pebble Beach event. The swoon-and-sigh begins and little else matters in golf.

Calling it the Year of the Tiger isn’t merely hyperbole.

As he struggled the past few years, it was also that, but this time, Woods’ adoring fans, TV commentators, bloggers, columnists, tour officials and publicity types have a hook on which to hang their early-season speculation about him being “back.”

Everything is magnified when it involves Tiger, whether it’s his victory-clinching...

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