The Masters 2012 Preview: Can Tiger Woods Contend?

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 10: Tiger Woods looks on during the final round of the 2011 Masters Tournament on April 10, 2011 in Augusta, Georgia. Woods announced June 7, 2011 that he will not play in the U.S. Open because of an injury to his left leg. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods entered the conversation two weeks ago with his win at the Arnold Palmer, can he win his first Major Tournament in over two years at Augusta this week?

The PGA Tour has been in action for a few months now, but the first real date in the golfing calendar happens in early April every year at Augusta National in Augusta, Georgia. The 2012 Masters will get underway later this week, and the big topic of conversation is whether or not Tiger Woods will be in one of the final groups come Sunday afternoon.

After a difficult couple of years for the best golfer in the World, Tiger got back to his winning ways two weeks ago at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. It was his first win since the incident with his wife during the week of Thanksgiving in 2009. Tiger has always judged himself by his performance in Major Tournaments, and this will be the first time that he has a legitimate claim to be listed among the potential favorites in two and a half years. No matter what he ends up doing at the Masters this week, expect him to dominate the coverage.

But Tiger won't be the only notable player in the field this week. World No. 1 and reigning U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy is probably the next biggest name; and considering his collapse at the Masters last year he will be an interesting storyline to follow as well. And let's not forget guys like Dustin Johnson, Lee Westwood, Luke Donald, Justin Rose and of course, Phil Mickelson. Should be a pretty fun week at Augusta, but then again, isn't it always?

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Tampa Bay

You must be a member of SB Nation Tampa Bay to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Tampa Bay. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Tampa Bay

You must be a member of SB Nation Tampa Bay to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Tampa Bay. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.