With Thanksgiving less than a month away, it seems appropriate to take stock of all that I'm grateful for, which is a great deal. Nonetheless, being the greedy type, there is always more to desire.
Here's my list of wishes for golf in 2012:
A—Arnold Palmer, 82 years young, continues to be the vibrant ambassador for the game he brought to the masses.
B—The underrated Billy Casper, with his 51 victories, be invited to join Palmer, Nicklaus, and Gary Player as honorary starters at the Masters.
C—The resilient Erik Compton enjoys tremendous success in his first year on the PGA Tour.
D—Ex-world No. 1 David Duval, at the age of 40, wins his first tournament since the 2001 British Open.
E—Ernie Els follows his most disappointing season by registering a few victories, including his first major since the 2002 British Open.
F—Rickie Fowler fulfills those lofty expectations and become a true star in his third year on tour.
G—The courageous Sophie Gustafson does more television interviews, and be an example for those having to cope with stuttering.
H—Padraig Harrington returns to the form he displayed when he won three major titles in 2007 and 2008.
I—Hale Irwin, 66, becomes the oldest player to ever win on the Champions Tour.
J—Dustin Johnson closes the deal at a major.
K—Anthony Kim finally turns into the player he is supposed to be.
L—The LPGA somehow finds a way to line up more tournaments in the United States for 2013 and beyond.
M—Phil Mickelson seizes the U.S. Open title he should have captured in 2006.
N—Nick Faldo competes in a few Champion Tour events when it doesn’t conflict with his television schedule.
O—The U.S. Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco provides the kind of drama we didn’t get last year at Congressional.
P—Se Ri Pak turns back the clock.
Q—The vast majority of golfers on the PGA Tour play a lot quicker.
R—Rory McIlroy becomes the game's next true superstar.
S—Steve Stricker captures his first major championship.
T—Jim Thorpe enters the winner’s circle again on the Champions Tour.
U—United States Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III qualifies for the team.
V—Jean Van de Velde wins the British Open.
W—Tiger Woods signs more autographs.
X—The X-Factor selects David Feherty to be one of the judges.
Y—Yani Tseng captures the LPGA's Grand Slam.
Z—Zinger, a.k.a. Paul Azinger, makes more appearances on the Champions Tour.
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