Golf Column

Tiger makes 2014 debut

By Paul Viau | Jan 23, 2014
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As most of the country recovers from the snow and cold of yet another descent of the polar vortex, the 2013-2014 PGA tour is basking in the sun.
The PGA schedule has concluded Hawaii-island-hopping and is in the early stages of the annual west coast swing.
No polar vortex here, just the 2014 debut of Tiger Woods for the Farmers Insurance Open at what has become his favorite golf course — Torrey Pines in La Jolla, California.
To say that Tiger has played well at Torrey Pines is an understatement. He has won there an incredible seven times — in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2013.
So what are Tiger’s chances in 2014? It’s really anyone’s guess, but Tiger did very well last year. After all, it was the Chinese year of the “Tiger.”
With the start of another Chinese New Year right around the corner I’m going to reveal what Chinese astrology can predict.
For starters, Chinese New Year this year comes the weekend after the Farmers Insurance Open — Jan. 31, 2014. So this is the last tournament for Tiger in “The year of the Tiger.”
The coming Chinese year — 4,712 —will be year of the “Horse.”  No help here.
Also, Tiger Woods was born in 1975, which was the year of the “Rabbit.” (I’m not making this up.) So what’s in store for a “Rabbit” in a “Horsey” kind of year?
According to Chinese astrologists, the year 4,712 (our 2014) portends the following for Tiger Woods, and everyone born in the year of the “Rabbit” — 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999 and 2011:
The year (for Rabbits) will be one of romance and controversy (Sounds like Tiger) with lots of happiness, but “Rabbits” should be cautious about non-romantic relationships, which — to the best of my knowledge — includes golfing.
As for work/career — the mental side will be better than the physical side for most “Rabbits.” Entertainment, speaking and sales roles are well suited.
Does this mean that Tiger Woods mental game (aka: putting) will be stronger in 2014? Only time will tell.
The Chinese pundits’ prediction for wealth for “Rabbits” in 2014/4,712 are more decisive. They say, “The more you work, the more you make.” Maybe we’ll see more tournament appearances by Tiger Woods, and less “cherry-picking.”
As for relationships — The Chinese astrologists say, “Romantic entanglements await, so watch out for love triangles.”
With Tiger’s current love interest, Lindsay Vaughn, more available after ski season, this could be a complicated year for Tiger.
Finally as for predictions of health for “Rabbits” in 2014/4,712, the astrologists say, “There is mild concern for sharp objects.”
If I were Tiger, I would watch out for tees and trees, sticks and bricks, cleats and dark streets — and most importantly, knives and wives.
On a more serious note, I look forward to watching and cheering for Tiger Woods throughout the coming season. Unlike his “Nay”-sayers, I predict Tiger will triumph in the year of “The Horse.”