Tiger Woods broke his two year losing streak Sunday when he won the Chevron World Challenge golf tournament at Sherwood Country Club in Los Angeles.
It was his 83rd tournament victory worldwide, but the first since the Australian Masters in November of 2009 according to The Boston Globe.
They all feel good, Woods told The Boston Globe. They're not easy. People don't realize how hard it is to win golf tournaments. I've gone on streaks where I've won golf tournaments in a row, but still... I don't think I've taken it for granted. And I know because of how hard it is.
The win moved Woods from No. 52 to No. 21 in the world ranking, making the expectations for 2012 likely to rise. Woods will not play again until the HSBC Championship Jan. 26-29 in Abu Dhabi, where he will be competing against current No. 1 Luke Donald and defending champion Martin Kaymer according to ESPN Golf.
Tournament organizers said in their statement to ESPN Golf that the Abu Dhabi event will be Woods' only Middle East tournament in 2012, meaning he will not play in the Dubai Desert Classic that he usually competes in.
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I'm looking forward to 2012 and what I hope will be a great year of golf for me. I've always enjoyed playing in HSBC events around the world, so I have been interested in including the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in my schedule for some time, Woods said in his statement to ESPN Golf. I am also intrigued to spend time in Abu Dhabi. Visiting new places is one of the things I really enjoy about being a professional golfer.
Following the publicity of Woods' extramarital affairs in 2009, he took a break from golf and sought treatment in a private clinic, ABC News reported. Since then he has changed swing coaches, caddies and endured more injuries, causing him to miss two majors and fail to qualify in another.
With this win, and high hopes for 2012, Woods might be headed towards the top once again.