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December 17, 2012

Tiger blogs on his 2012 season, practice regimen, and rivalry with Rory

Posted at 5:12 PM by Samantha Glover | Categories: Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods

P1-TigerAs 2012 comes to a close, Tiger Woods posted his own Year in Review on his blog on Monday.

Woods revealed one news nugget, that his foundation will manage the Deutsche Bank Championship, one of the four FedEx Cup Playoff events.

I'm happy to share that my Foundation has assumed management of the Deutsche Bank Championship. We've been the primary beneficiary for the last 10 years, and we're very excited to expand our role with such a great tournament. Seth Waugh was instrumental in the Foundation's role with this event, and I'm grateful to him and Deutsche Bank for their continued support of our work.

After an injury-plagued 2011 season, Woods claimed three victories in 2012 and finished the year ranked No. 3 in the world. He credited his health for making it possible to practice as much as he wanted to.

It was nice to win three times on the PGA Tour. They were all different for varying reasons. The first one -- the Arnold Palmer Invitational -- just to win, because I hadn't won in awhile; the second -- the Memorial Tournament -- was to tie Jack Nicklaus' number for most wins (73); and the third, at my tournament -- the AT&T National -- to pass Jack's total.

Being able to compete as much as I did this year was very exciting. I could actually go out and practice and prepare and play and not have a limited ball count or rehab training, and could actually train to become physically better. I have always prided myself on consistency, and recording nine top-10 finishes in 19 starts shows my game is back on track.

Tiger's success was somewhat overshadowed by the success of Rory McIlroy, and the media's hunger for a rivalry between the two. In his blog post, Woods touched on the issue.

Rory McIlroy had a wonderful year, and my hat is off to him. He deserved Player of the Year. Whether we develop a rivalry remains to be seen. Let's just let it play out and see where it takes us. We'll look at the results the next five or 10 years and see if it becomes a rivalry or not. We'll have to win big events and play each other down the stretch. That hasn't happened yet. We've only played each other at Honda down the stretch. We need a lot more of those type of battles, but in bigger events.

In addition to recounting his victories, Woods spoke of his hopes for 2013.

Looking ahead to next year, I'm just trying to win those big four tournaments, and obviously try to use other events to prepare for them and try to win them as well. I've had to alter my practice schedule because my kids come first. They're my No. 1 priority. It takes a little better time management on my part to figure all that out, but I expect to play a similar number of events.

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