Tiger tops list of top golf storylines in 2022
Instead, several other key characters and upcoming fixtures figure to shape the narrative of the new year. Here are golf’s five prevailing storylines to follow in 2022:
1. Tiger WatchMore than 10 months after a car accident nearly required a partial leg amputation, Tiger Woods has returned to the golf course, and for that much fans should be grateful. He and 12-year-old son Charlie pulled off 11 straight birdies while playing a scramble during the final round of the PNC Championship. During the course of the weekend, Tiger spent as much time shooting down whispers of a full-time PGA Tour return as he spent introducing Charlie to the Lee Trevinos of the world.
“I’m not at that level,” Woods said. “I can’t compete against these guys right now, no.” The key to remember is Woods was able to use a golf cart at the PNC, a no-no on Tour. It still pains him to walk moderate distances, never mind the terrain of Augusta National. Woods will be selective about the events he plays in future; we should brace for the likelihood that his return to actual competition is several months away.
2. The Open’s return to St AndrewsIn fact, wouldn’t St Andrews be the perfect setting for Woods’ return to Tour? He lifted the Claret Jug at the Old Course in both 2000 and 2005. Woods or no Woods, The Open’s return to the most storied venue in the sport for its 150th anniversary will be the jewel of the golf calendar in 2022.
More Americans than usual might choose to spend an extra week in Scotland to prepare. As part of the PGA Tour’s expanded partnership with the newly renamed DP World Tour, the Scottish Open will be co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour for the first time, so its players can earn FedExCup points while they give links golf a test run.
Rising star and two-time major champion Collin Morikawa will defend his 2021 title. SA’s Louis Oosthuizen, who keeps coming tantalising close to his first win since 2018, will return to the site of his 2010 victory, which remains his only major victory.
3. The “bubbling under” classMorikawa, Koepka and Dustin Johnson are the only multiple major winners over the past six years. The rest of that time has featured extreme parity, naturally leading to the question, “Who’s up next?”