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December 27 2012

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No. 2 Tiger Woods

To preview the 2013 PGA TOUR season, PGATOUR.COM is counting down the Top 100 Players to Watch in 2013. For an archive page with the top 100 players and for an explanation on how the list was compiled, click here.

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2013 PREVIEW: After he broke a 30-month victory drought in a big way with three wins last year, there is really only one question remaining. Will Tiger Woods add to his major bounty and close the gap in his pursuit of Jack Nicklaus' record 18? His best finish in golf's crown jewels last year was third at the British Open, his only top 10, but Woods was four strokes behind the Champion Golfer of the Year, Ernie Els.

2012 DEFINING MOMENT: Woods took advantage of the familiar confines of Bay Hill to finally get back in the winner's circle, capturing the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard for the seventh time. Interestingly, he tied Nicklaus in career wins with his 73rd at the Golden Bear's Memorial Tournament. Woods started the final round at Muirfield Village four strokes off the pace but played his final four holes in 3 under -- including a phenomenal flop shot at the 16th hole that Nicklaus called one of the best he'd ever seen -- to win by two. Woods finished out his trophy haul at his own AT&T National where he closed with a 69 and ended up winning by two strokes. –- Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

ALBERS’ QUICK TAKE: Tiger is ready to win another major. He improved in so many ways last season but I'll remember his expression. Tiger smiled a lot in 2012, something I hadn't seen much in the last couple years. Maybe he smiled because he was winning tournaments or maybe he won tournaments because he was smiling. I am very bullish on Woods in 2013. -- Fred Albers, SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio

BOLTON’S FANTASY OUTLOOK: Even salary gamers that plugged in mandated minimums entering 2012 were rewarded. Now at $6.133 million, he's still priced right if you can swing it. Bottom line, for as much as he's analyzed, critiqued and in the spotlight, he's still converting enough to prove valuable in our world, which just might be the most obvious analysis ever written. Yet, with an entire year of nearly injury-free results in the books following two seasons jugging multiple challenges on both sides of the ropes, even the most skeptical fantasy owner must acknowledge that he's turned a corner. -- Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy expert

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2012 QUICK REVIEW

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Regular Season ranking
1st

Final Playoffs ranking
3rd

Best finishes 1st
1st
Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard, the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance, AT&T National
By the Numbers
Starts: 19
Cuts made: 17
Rounds played: 67
Top-10 finishes: 9
Money List rank: 2nd
TOUR ranking
Driving distance: 32nd
Driving accuracy: 55th
Greens in regulation: 29th
Strokes gained-putting: 35th
Scoring average: 2nd

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